In My Skin: a memoir

In My Skin: a memoir

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Shortlisted, Dobbie Literary Award for a first published book Shortlisted, Australian Newcomer of the Year, Australian Book Industry AwardsIn My Skin describes an extraordinary journey through an often hidden world of heroin and prostitution. Kate's story is one of survival and resourcefulness, and an unflinching look at the consequences of more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 131 x 199 x 19mm | 222g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1921351071
  • 9781921351075
  • 854,722

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'A compelling story of love and squalor that retains humanity and sympathy.' * Observer * 'Breathtakingly candid...Achingly honest' * Booklist * 'Holden's beautifully written account of her descent into hell is uncomfortably honest about the pleasures, as well as the pains, of life in a brothel...Her talents as a prostitute won her a large clientele. So should her talents as a writer.' * Independent * `In My Skin is...quite simply in a class of its own. * Guardian * `[A] true tale of survival and a brutally vivid and honest account of a trip to the skids and back.' * Nine to Five * `Ever wondered how ordinary, educated people drift into the underworld of drugs and prostitution?...Kate Holden takes us there with brutal candour and occasional whimsy...for more than just the voyeuristic factor, it's a hard book to put down.' * Advertiser * `It's gritty, compelling and at times thoroughly uncomfortable...Holden's candour is brave and despite her battles-or perhaps because of them-you'll find yourself caring about what happens to her.' * West Australian *show more

About Kate Holden

Kate Holden is the author of In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, published by Text. For six years she wrote a column for The Age and has published essays, short stories, and reviews in Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Weekend Australian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and more

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