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Piano Lessons

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Awards for Piano Lessons

  • Winner, 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards (Newcomer of the Year)
  • Shortlisted, 2012 Melbourne Prize Award for Best Writing
  • Shortlisted, Colin Roderick Award (Australian Life Writing)
  • Shortlisted, 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards (General Non-Fiction)
  • Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Literary Awards (Non-Fiction)

About the author

Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy is the author of Piano Lessons, Welcome to Your New Life and the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, the Australian, …

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Praise for Piano Lessons

‘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.’ —Australian


‘This impressive debut will surely mark Anna Goldsworthy’s arrival as an Australian writer to be reckoned with.’ —Age


‘I loved this book. Anna Goldsworthy’s memoir left me awed, inspired and humbled.’ —Alice Pung

‘Full of insight and a tender awareness of her adolescent foibles.’ —Advertiser


‘Marvellous. Enlightenment and joy on every page’ —Helen Garner

‘A brilliant memoir ... Goldsworthy is a fine writer.’ —Big Issue


‘A joy to read’ —Adelaide Review


Teachers' Resources


Success and failure; Creativity and precision

Reading age

Grades 9 & 10


With wit and affection, Goldsworthy captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhiliration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. 

For other articles and resources, visit Anna Goldsworthy's website.


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