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Learning How To Breathe
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When musician Linda Neil returns home to Brisbane to care for her ailing mother, Joan, a singing teacher, she has no idea what she is committing to, or even that she is committing at all.

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When musician Linda Neil returns home to Brisbane to care for her ailing mother, Joan, a singing teacher, she has no idea what she is committing to, or even that she is committing at all.

The experience will change her life.

Connected by a deep love of music - from Linda's own songs and the works of the classical masters, to the musical comedy of the dance hall and the sounds of the street - Linda finds a new bond with her mother. As Joan's illness progresses, their shared musical passion soothes and instructs, helps them to make sense of what is happening and, finally, to accept it.

Beautifully written and deeply felt, Learning How to Breathe is a daughter's love song to her mother, an unforgettable true story about what it means to find home.

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Linda Neil

Linda Neil

Linda Neil is an Australian writer, songwriter and documentary producer. Her first book, Learning How to Breathe, was published in 2009 to wide acclaim. She has a PhD in creative writing and has taught creative writing, cultural and media studies, and film and television at the University of Queensland. Trained as a classical violinist, Neil has performed with orchestras and rock bands, and recorded and toured with some of Australia’s leading independent artists. Her radio documentaries have been shortlisted for the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards (The Asylum Seekers, 2004) and awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the New York Festivals (The Long Walk of Brother Benedict, 2011, and The Sound of Blue, 2008), and her script for The Long Walk of Brother Benedict was also nominated for best documentary script at the 2011 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards.