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The Fictional Woman  - Tara Moss


Published: 22nd May 2014
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John Purcell: I am reading this book now. It is much more than a memoir, Tara takes on the many issues facing women today. From equality in the workplace to motherhood, from the place of advertising in our lives today to the way we tell each other stories, this is a book which needs to be read by men and women. Well written, clearly argued, informative, powerful and thought provoking. Forget everything you thought you knew about Tara Moss, with The Fictional Woman, Tara sets the record straight and takes her place as one of our generations great commentators.

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Tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including 'author', 'model', 'gold-digger', 'commentator', 'inspiration', 'dumb blonde', 'feminist' and 'mother', among many others.

Now, in her first work of non-fiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life - from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work - and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media.

Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss's own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.

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Tara Moss is many things, but shy is not one of them. Immensely articulate, she wields her always forthright words and awesome physical presence with unique force. Many have chosen to underestimate her, dismissing her as a writer of pulp fiction. They do so at their peril. Impressive media appearances on shows like Q and A have helped reduce that prejudice, but it lingered until she took on social media, became controller of her own message and championed unpopular causes with admirable fearlessness and tough resolve. This book, part memoir, part manifesto, catapults her into the frontline as a public commentator who demands serious attention. She is a welcome addition to any conversation about social justice, public ethics and the objectification of women, about which she knows a great deal. While her fictional character, private detective Mak Vanderwall may kick ass, Tara Moss is a far more redoubtable opponent.

About the Author

Tara Moss is a novelist, television presenter and journalist. Since 1999 she has written seven bestselling novels and been published in seventeen countries in eleven languages. Her writing has appeared in Australian Literary Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Sun Herald, Daily Telegraph, Weekend Australian and more. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Moss, who began penning gruesome 'Stephen King-inspired' stories for her classmates at the age of ten.

She went on to an international career as a fashion model before pursuing professional writing. Her novels have been short-listed for both the Davitt and the Ned Kelly crime-writing awards, hit No. 1 on numerous bestseller...


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Thought Provoking

By Bee

from Melbourne, AU

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written


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      A very honest autobiography that you won't want to put down.

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      everyone should read this

      By Lauren

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
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        I rarely if ever can find a book that I really like but Tara Moss has really brought me to the 'reading world'. It is a personal book but also a lot more than that - a topic in today's society that shouldn't be overlooked as she goes into depth with explaining the many different fictional women, how we are holding up in today's society and plenty of facts/figures/topics/views. I highly recommend it to anyone, well done Tara Moss.

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        Tara Moss

        Tara Moss is the author of the bestselling crime novels Fetish, Split, Covet, Hit and Siren. Her novels have been published in seventeen countries* in eleven languages, and have earned critical acclaim around the world. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in The Australian Literary Review, Vogue, ELLE, The Australian Women's Weekly, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, among other publications.

        Writing has been a lifelong passion for Moss, who began penning gruesome "Stephen King-inspired" stories for her classmates at 10. She went on to a successful international career as a fashion model before pursuing professional writing, first earning a Diploma from the Australian College of Journalism in 1997, and in 1998 winning the Scarlet Stiletto Young Writers Award for her story, Psycho Magnet. Moss wrote her debut novel, Fetish, when she was 23. Her crime novels have been nominated for both the Davitt Award and the Ned Kelly; two of Australia's most prestigious honors. Not a writer to rely solely on imagination, Moss' in-depth research for her writing has seen her earn her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy, tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences world-wide, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G's doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. Stopping at nothing to research and 'experience' scenes for her latest novel Siren, Moss was set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX, and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter 'Big' John McCarthy.

        Moss hosted Natgeo Presents and the international crime documentary series "Tara Moss Investigates" on the National Geographic Channel, and has participated as a guest and panelist on numerous popular TV programs. She has also conducted hundreds of talks at literary festivals, schools, universities and corporate events.

        Born in Victoria, BC, Moss is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen, and now has a star on the Australian Walk of Fame, as the first person inducted for services to literature. She divides her time between Sydney, Los Angeles and her hometown in Canada. When not researching and writing her next novel, Moss enjoys riding her 900cc Triumph Scrambler motorcycle, spending time with her pet pythons, and serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as well as an ambassador for the YWCA, and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. She is married to Australian poet and philosopher Dr. Berndt Sellheim.

        (*Moss's novels have so far been published in the USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.)

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        ISBN: 9780732297893
        ISBN-10: 0732297893
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 336
        Published: 22nd May 2014
        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.6
        Weight (kg): 0.48