Winner, 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards
In this remarkable memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps towards a life in music, from childhood piano lessons with a local jazz muso to international success as a concert pianist. As she discovers passion and ambition, and confronts doubt and disappointment, she learns about much more than tone and technique. This is a story of the getting of wisdom, tender and bittersweet.
With wit and affection, Goldsworthy captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhilaration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. An unforgettable cast of characters joins her: her family; her friends and rivals; and her teacher, Mrs Sivan, who inspires and challenges her in equal measure, and who transforms what seems an impossible dream into something real and sustaining.
Shortlisted, 2012 Melbourne Prize Award
Shortlisted, Colin Roderick Award
Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Literary Awards
‘Marvellous. Enlightenment and joy on every page’ —Helen Garner
‘I loved this book. Anna Goldsworthy’s memoir left me awed, inspired and humbled.’ —Alice Pung
‘This is a lovely, warm book – a terrific depiction of the powerful bonds between student and teacher, musician and composer, and, at its core, between two very talented women.’ —Bookseller+Publisher
‘Goldsworthy delivers an expertly spun narrative, told with wry, self-effacing charm, elegant economy and the genuine love of a student for her teacher.’ —the Australian
‘This impressive debut will surely mark Anna Goldsworthy’s arrival as an Australian writer to be reckoned with.’ —the Age
‘Full of insight and a tender awareness of her adolescent foibles.’ —the Advertiser
‘A joy to read’ —Adelaide Review
‘A brilliant memoir … Goldsworthy is a fine writer.’ —Big Issue
Anna Goldsworthy is the author of Piano Lessons and Welcome to Your New Life. Anna's writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, the Adelaide Review and Best Australian Essays.