“The Singing Cure, by Amanda Lohrey, winner of the 2012 Patrick White Award takes the reader on a thought provoking and inspiring journey to unlock the secret of the human voice.”
“That Lohrey succeeds in drawing together so many threads of conjecture in this seamless and compelling narrative shows her to be a master prose writer at the height of her powers.” – Arabella Edge
Ann Skea has this to say about Amanda’s writing on singing:
Amanda Lohrey writes revealingly of her newfound fascination with choral singing. For her, there is a secret in the effect that singing has on the singers; in the way in which it frees them from their normal inhibitions and restraints; and in the deep physical and psychological changes she experiences, and sees others experience, when singing. Lohrey’s piece moves backwards and forwards between vivid anecdotal description and serious research into the nature of song. Her curiosity is contagious and the research she quotes is intriguing.
Her exploration takes her from church halls to master-classes; from African choirs in Tasmania to Gregorian chants in a monastery in Southern France; from the work of French physician, Tomatis, to the mystic ideas of Sufi scholars. But this is no dry treatise on singing.
Dr Ann Skea, Sydney, Australia: email@example.com