In My Skin

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Canongate, Jan 25, 2007 - Drug addicts - 286 pages
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I watched the glaze of headlights, the windscreens of oncoming cars: a series of trapezoids with the silhouette of a single male driver. One pulled up in front of me; I reached over and opened the door, slid in. The smell of an unfamiliar car. A middle-aged man looking at me. 'Hi,' I said. 'How are you'.Kate Holden is accustomed to being summed up at a glance: arts graduate, history buff, middle-class daughter, dreamer, innocent. But she is a young woman who understands better than most the secrets that people keep hidden.In My Skin follows her journey from her reputation as a 'good girl' in the safe and leafy suburbs of Melbourne to the all-consuming attractions of heroin and the sex industry.This is a story of survival and resourcefulness; an unflinching look at the consequences of addiction. Holden's journey leads her from a sheltered life in her loving family home to a world of sex for money - a seedy netherworld of back lanes, backseats and brothels.More than just a fearless and compelling narrative, In My Skin is a triumphant announcement of a major new literary talent.

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In My Skin: A Memoir

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The elevated, poetic language of Aussie writer Holden√ƒ¬Į√‚¬Ņ√‚¬Ĺs debut memoir vibrates with passion as she tells the story of the small victories and great obstacles she encountered as a heroin ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Kate Holden was born in Melbourne in 1972. She completed an Honours degree in classics and literature at the University of Melbourne and a graduate diploma in professional writing and editing. In My Skin is her first book.

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