In My Skin

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Canongate Books, Apr 5, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
246 Reviews
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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There is some beautiful writing in there. - Goodreads
It was like the plot fell out the window. - Goodreads
Holden's prose is subtle and elegant. - Kirkus
Enjoyed her writing. - Goodreads
Holden is a bright, talented writer. - Goodreads
She's a decent writer, but it's anticlimactic. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Belinda - Goodreads

I was keen to read Kate Holden's In My Skin after reading her pieces in the Age and having read snippets about her background. I was curious how this smart journalist whom I enjoyed following in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vanessa - Goodreads

I enjoyed her writing and the story, however don't think her story is truly representative of most heroin addicts. She was highly educated, privileged and had the support of her family unlike so many ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

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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