Fury: A Memoir

Fury: A Memoir

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At the age of twenty, after a traumatic sexual assault trial, Kathryn Heyman ran away from her life and became a deckhand on a fishing trawler in the Timor Sea.

Coming from a family of poverty and violence, she had no real role models, no example of how to create or live a decent life, how to have hope or expectations. But she was a reader. She understood story, and the power of words to name the world. This was to become her salvation.

After one wild season on board the Ocean Thief, the only girl among tough working men, facing storms, treachery and harder physical labour than she had ever known, Heyman was transformed. Finally, she could name the abuses she thought had broken her, could see 'all that she had been blind to, simply to survive'. More than that, after a period of enforced separation from the world, she was able to return to it newly formed, determined to remake the role she'd been born into.

A reflection on the wider stories of class, and of growing up female with all its risks and rewards, Fury is a memoir of courage and determination, of fighting back and demanding to be seen.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912408643
  • 9781912408641
  • 15,666

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'Heyman's impressively chameleon writing-now sparkling, then striking, twisting to ticklingly humorous, then gently poetic-shines a bright light on the past itself in vivid, revelatory flashbacks. It is brilliant.'-The Scotsman; 'In Fury, Kathryn Heyman trawls through the treacherous waters of emergent womanhood with the keen eye of the hunter and the broken heart of the hunted. Her story of sexual abuse is at once foreign and infuriatingly familiar, as exotic as a Red Emperor, as common as a goldfish. I read this book in one jaw-clenching, gut-wrenching, fist-pumping sitting. Distressing, thrilling, immaculate and vitally important.'-Clare Wright, Stella Prize-winning author of You Daughters of Freedom; 'This sensitive, searching book broke my heart. Heyman transcends her harrowing Australian girlhood by taking herself to sea. That she regains her body and her self is a triumph. Utterly compelling.'-Carrie Tiffany, Stella-prize winning author of Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living; 'This powerful, ultimately joyous memoir shows how - in the teeth of a gale - a damaged girl can find her own strength, and fight for her own path.' Jennifer Byrne, journalist and broadcaster; 'Bold, brave and poetic... Heyman tears open what it means to exist in a predatory male world. It's a confronting and compelling memoir, and also an uplifting one: the great triumph is in the art, the storytelling, the very words, that have saved her.'-Debra Adelaide, bestselling author of The Household Guide to Dying; 'I can't remember when a book gripped me so tight and so hard. This stunning, harrowing memoir is a fierce testament to the power of words and books to save a life. It is no exaggeration to say that reading rescues Heyman from poverty, abuse, violence and danger on the high seas, offering her a chance to remake her self in a defiant act of courage and will. The result is an intoxicatingly triumphant story of a girl who simply refuses to be crushed, displaying reckless courage in the face of forces both human and elemental.'-Caroline Baum, journalist and broadcaster; 'Fury is a gripping and brilliantly written story of a young woman's survival, up there with the very best of adventure memoirs such as The Salt Path by Raynor Winn or Cheryl Strayed's Wild. This is a literary work that will stand the test of time and has international bestseller written all over it.'-Louise Doughty; 'Fury took my breath away. Heyman writes with such brio, muscularity and physicality; her trademark humour, honesty and energy vibrate on every page. This memoir is a triumph.'-Jill Dawson
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About Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman was raised in Australia and studied in Sheffield. She is the author of six novels, including The Breaking (longlisted for the Orange Prize) and, most recently, Storm and Grace. She is Director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program and teaches on the Faber Academy programme.
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