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Skinful : A memoir of addiction - Robyn Flemming


A memoir of addiction

By: Robyn Flemming

Paperback | 10 January 2022

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An inspiring story of addiction and recovery which reminds us that it’s never too late to make a new path to a different future.

Product Description

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.

About the Author

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.
Industry Reviews
'Skinful is compelling, insightful, and honest. It is beautifully written and has a strong message of hope.' Mary Garden, The Newtown Review of Books

‘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

'Compelling. A timely portrayal of grey area drinking.' 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

‘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

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