Higher Education


By Kira McPherson

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'Funny, sharp and tender, McPherson brings great insight to the struggle to reconcile where we've come from with who we want to be.'—Diana Reid
There's who she is, where she's from, and who she could become.
Sam is struggling to find her place at university. There are so many parts of her that don't seem to fit—her family doesn't understand her new life, and her new friends don't know the secrets that she carries with her: the sudden death of her father, her brother's trouble with the law, and her sense that she feels things that make her different.
That changes when a lecturer introduces Sam to Julia, his charming wife and a corporate lawyer who agrees to mentor Sam through law school. Their closeness provides a way for Sam to understand who she is, and who she wants to become.
With time, this unspools into a dynamic of mutual preoccupation and boundary crossing, as they navigate their feelings for one another, the appropriateness of their relationship, and where it might be heading.
Higher Education is a story about identity, intellectualism and class, and the transformative power of education from an exceptional new voice in Australian literary fiction.
Praise for Higher Education
'Higher Education is a beautifully written debut. In deceptively clear-cut prose, McPherson deftly unravels what it means to be young, dazed and seeking the outline of a maturing self.' - ArtsHub
'Higher Education is brilliantly sharp, comedic and insightful comment on class and growing up. This highly accomplished debut, from an author to watch, is a book for everyone's to-read lists for 2023.'—Sara Jafari, author of The Mismatch
'Intelligent and funny, a book about being young and feeling old, and feeling smart and being dumb. Higher Education is an outsider story with a twist, a millennial novel with a playful quality as it subverts expectations. Beautiful, sharp writing about desire and confusion.'—Jarred McGinnis, author of The Coward
'Higher Education is a stimulating, witty and life-enhancing read. McPherson navigates the nuances between societal expectations and reality. Her characters remain with you, and the slow reveal of people and their privacies is a gift in McPherson's writing.'—Tice Cin, author of Keeping the House

Higher Education