* Shortlisted, Dobbie Literary Award for a First Published Book
* Shortlisted, Australian Newcomer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards
I made money I'd never imagined and I wore velvet dresses and shone in lamplight. I walked tall in crowds, knowing myself to be desired. I told people I was a prostitute, and smiled as I said it, and dared them to turn their gaze...The smile that I give when I talk about it now is, I can feel, nostalgic, provocative. A brightness comes into my eyes. And, I'm told, a hard look too.
In 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 addiction. More than just a fearless and compelling narrative, In My Skin is the triumphant announcement of a new talent in Australian writing.
Praise for In My Skin:
'Searing intellectual and emotional honesty.' — Independent on Sunday
'Brave, explicit and extremely well written.' — Australian Book Review
'Quite simply in a class of its own. In My Skin is the work of a stunningly talented writer who both graces and surpasses her material, subverting popular assumptions about addiction and prostitution while making the extraordinary seem commonplace and the ordinary deeply alluring...It makes for discomfiting, illuminating reading.' — Guardian
'Kate Holden reveals herself to be a new talent in Australian writing.' — Sunday Telegraph
Kate Holden completed an honours degree in classics and literature at the University of Melbourne and a graduate diploma in professional writing and editing, in which she won the Judy Duffy Award for literary excellence. The bestselling In My Skin is her first book. It was published to critical acclaim and has sold to nine countries.
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Comments about In My Skin : A Memoir:
This is a beautifully written book. The details of her decent are very full on & I would not recommend this book for the faint at heart. I have passed this around to several friends and they have all loved it. Read some online reviews- this was a very well received book. You will feel as though you have been on journey, very hard to put down!
(The other person who reviewed this is obviously a mean spirited prude)
Comments about In My Skin : A Memoir:
This book was not good and I put it in the bin because I didn't want anyone to pick it up in the Op Shop and be dissappointed.
'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 *
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: October 2007
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1