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Small Acts of Disappearance : Shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize - Fiona Wright

Small Acts of Disappearance

Shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize

Paperback Published: 1st September 2015
ISBN: 9781922146939
Number Of Pages: 224

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Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author’s affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years.

Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the author’s own actions and motivations.

The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright’s life, at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney. They combine research, travel writing, memoir, and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glu?ck deal with anorexia and addiction; together with accounts of family life, and detailed and humorous views of hunger-induced situations of the kind that are so compelling in Wright’s poetry.

About the Author

Fiona Wright is a doctoral candidate with the University of Western Sydney Writing and Society Research Centre. Her poetry collection Knuckled (2011) won the Dame Mary Gilmore Award for a first collection in 2011.

Excellent memoir


This is a fascinating and well written memoir discussing the authors long battle with anorexia. It is not a misery memoir by any means and brings and intelligent and analytical eye to the topic.

South coast NSW



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ISBN: 9781922146939
ISBN-10: 1922146935
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st September 2015
Publisher: Giramondo Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8

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