217 Memoir with CD: Anna Goldsworthy

ITEM: One author signed copy of Anna Goldsworthy’s memoir ‘Piano Lessons’ and a CD with the music from the book.

DETAILS: Piano Lessons is a story of the getting of wisdom, tender and bittersweet.

In this superb and original memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps towards a life in music, from childhood piano lessons with a local rock muso to international fame as a concert pianist. As she discovers passion and ambition, and confronts doubt and disappointment, she learns about much more than tone and technique.
Goldsworthy evokes the hopes and uncertainties of young adulthood, the fear and exhilaration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. An unforgettable cast of characters joins her, drawn with wit and affection: her parents; her fellow musicians, both friends and rivals; and her schoolmates, in all their teenage glory.
Above all there is her teacher, Mrs Sivan, enigmatic, charismatic and intimidating all at once.

Piano Lessons was published by Black Inc. in Australia in October 2009.

Winner: Newcomer of the Year, 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted: Best Non-Fiction, 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Shortlisted: Best Non-Fiction, 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards

BIO: Anna currently teaches piano at the University of Melbourne, and is Artist-in-Residence at Janet Clarke Hall. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Best Australian Essays 2007, 2008, and 2009, The Monthly, The Australian, The Australian Book Review and The Australian Literary Review. Her play, Maestro, co-written with her father, Peter Goldsworthy, enjoyed a successful season with the State Theatre of South Australia in 2009. Her musical memoir, Piano Lessons, was released in Australia by Black Inc in October 2009, and will be released in the United States by St Martin’s Press in late 2010.

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