Unfettered and Alive

Unfettered and Alive : A memoir

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'I was born into a world that expected very little of women like me. We were meant to tread lightly on the earth, influencing events through our husbands and children, if at all. We were meant to fade into invisibility as we aged. I defied all of these expectations and so have millions of women like me.'

This is the compelling story of Anne Summers' extraordinary life. Her story has her travelling around the world as she moves from job to job, in newspapers and magazines, advising prime ministers, leading feminist debates, writing memorable and influential books. Anne has not been afraid to walk away from success and to satisfy her constant restlessness by charging down new and risky paths. Whatever position she has held, she has expanded what's possible and helped us see things differently-often at high personal cost.

Anne shares revealing stories about the famous and powerful people she has worked with or reported on and is refreshingly frank about her own anxieties and mistakes. She shares a heart-breaking story of family violence and tells of her ultimate reconciliation with the father who had rejected her. Unfettered and Alive is a provocative and inspiring memoir from someone who broke through so many boundaries to show what women can do.

'It's the story of a lot of things - Australian politics, feminism, journalism, international intrigue - but most of all it's the story of an utterly singular woman, who always says "Yes" to life even when it scares her. Her memory for the events, and her frankness about the fear, make this an extraordinary memoir.' - Annabel Crabb

'Exhilarating and what storytelling!' - Quentin Bryce

'The compelling memoir of a magnificent woman.' - David Marr
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 42mm | 780g
  • St Leonards, Australia
  • English
  • 1743318413
  • 9781743318416
  • 120,809

Table of contents


1. 'What's the Story, Morning Glory?'

2. Home of the Brave

3. The Press Gallery

4. Foreign Correspondence

5. Mandarins versus Missionaries

6. 'The Times Will Suit Me'

7. 'Real Feminists with Real Money'

8. Media Mogulettes in New York City

9. Paul Keating and the Laminar Flow

10. The Getting of Anger

11. Peace and War

12. Unfettered and Alive

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Review quote

''[an] uplifting account of an extraordinary life' - Sydney Morning Herald

'a compelling look at a life that has had soaring heights and crushing lows' - Crikey

'The Australian women's movement has been blessed by Anne Summers' presence, her energy and her political insight and we all benefit from her ability to write the story of her times so well.' - Marian Sawer, BroadAgenda
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About Anne Summers

Anne Summers has been prominent in Australian media, politics and feminist activism for the past four decades. She has advised governments, been an award-winning journalist, edited magazines - in Australia and in New York - led the international environmental organisation Greenpeace and even had her image on a postage stamp. She is the author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God's Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother and The Misogyny Factor.
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164 ratings
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