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The Fictional Woman  - Tara Moss

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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 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.

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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.


Thought-provoking and inspiring


This book completely exceeded my expectations. It is well written and thought-provoking yet entertaining and even funny at times. Tara Moss is very talented and her personal recollections only emphasise her reflections on women and society. I could not put it down and would strongly recommend it to all women.

Sydney, Australia


A book to get you thinking !


A book to get women thinking and talking. Why don't we have equality yet ? Is that we don't ask the right questions ?



Thought Provoking


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

Melbourne, AU


everyone should read this


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.




4.8 4


ISBN: 9780732297893
ISBN-10: 0732297893
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st June 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.48