Skinful : A memoir of addiction

4.47 (36 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.47 (36 ratings by Goodreads)

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Who hasn't sometimes wanted to change their life and start over?

When Robyn Flemming left Australia to wander the world as a nomadic freelance editor, she was single and nearing sixty. It wasn't the first time she had shed an old skin for a new one in the hope of changing who she was on the inside.

Was her decision to risk everything yet again an act of faith or of folly? Was she running from the truth about her dependence on alcohol, or running towards a solution?

In this captivating recovery and travel memoir, Robyn finds the courage to change not only her surroundings but herself. Finally, she can be at home in her own skin as well as in the world.

Skinful is about the questions we ask at life's turning points: Who am I? What life do I want to live?

This heart-warming, sometimes heart-wrenching, memoir sends a strong message of hope: it's never too late to make a new path to a different future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 153 x 233 x 20mm | 484g
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1914962028
  • 9781914962028
  • 293,561

Review quote

'Compelling. [This] timely portrayal of "grey area drinking" is a valuable addition to the quit-lit genre.'

Roisin Ingle, The Irish Times 'Brave and unflinching. An engrossing journey to hard-won redemption.'

Susan Johnson, author of From Where I Fell 'A captivating true story of self-discovery.'

Peggi Cooney, author of This Side of Alcohol 'Robyn Flemming writes of her life, her angst, her struggle with addiction, and it is her story. But within the questions, the reflections, the accounts of her struggle, is a mirror that the reader can't help but see. [Skinful] is honest, poignant and real.'

Mary Murphy, The Budapest Times '[Skinful is a] brave, engrossing travel memoir about turning your life around.'

Teresa Quinn, presenter, Bookline, Dublin, Ireland 'A look at the world through the words of a strong woman, one who doesn't disguise her impatience or her fury or her curiosity or her joy. Robyn Flemming describes her one precious, imperfect life in a manner familiar to readers of Educated (Tara Westover), The Liars' Club (Mary Karr), Wild (Cheryl Strayed), and even - yes - the classic Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert). Her raw memoir doesn't spare herself and offers hope to others.'

Laura Kennelly, arts writer 'Skinful tackles addiction head on: causes, consequences and re-connection with your one life. It's also curious, quirky and, quite simply, one of a kind.'

Dorothy Simmons, author of Of Breath and Blood '[Skinful is] a very brave, thoughtful and provocative memoir.'

Keith Finnegan, presenter, Galway Talks, Galway Bay FM, Galway, Ireland 'This book is important. It [may] give you the impetus you're looking for if you're trying to make real change in your own life.'

David Astle, presenter, Evenings, ABC Radio Melbourne
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About Robyn Flemming

Robyn Flemming is an Australian author and freelance editor. She lived in Hong Kong from 1986 until 1993. In 2010, she left Australia again to travel as a global nomad. In March 2020, when COVID-19 closed many countries' borders, she relocated to regional Australia from her European base in Budapest, Hungary. She has been sober for ten years.
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Rating details

4.47 out of 5 stars
- 36 ratings
5 64% (23)
4 22% (8)
3 11% (4)
2 3% (1)
1 0% (0)
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