Zoë Morrison’s debut novel Music and Freedom follows a gifted pianist who moves from rural Australia to Oxford. She falls for an economics professor, only to find out that he’s damaged, and she is trapped. This novel explores the dark terrain of violence and the transformative powers of music and love. Zoë, herself a pianist and a Rhodes scholar, discusses her novel, which came to life in Oxford when she was supposed to be writing academic papers. In conversation with Maxine McKew.