In My Skin: A Memoir

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Text Publishing, Aug 29, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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An Australian memoir published to critical acclaim worldwide, In My Skin is the true story of Kate Holden's life as a prostitute and a heroin addict.

Kate was a nice middle-class girl: a dreamy bookworm, a classics scholar and an innocent. In this memoir she chronicles in frank and beautifully crafted prose her descent into drug addiction and then prostitution. She depicts the harsh honesty of the life she led in Melbourne's streets and brothels. The hardship and the friendships, the day to day struggle to survive. And she tells how, ultimately, she overcame her addiction to forge a new life for herself.

'Quite simply in a class of its own. In My Skin is the work of a stunningly talented writer who both graces and surpasses her material.' Guardian

Kate Holden is the author of In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, published by Text. For six years she wrote a column for The Age and has published essays, short stories, and reviews in Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Weekend Australian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and others.

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User Review  - cazzoduro - LibraryThing

Very well written book about a former heroin addict and prostitute who has turned her life around. Some wonderful insights into the world of commercialized sex and its customers, and of course the ladies in this industry. Read full review

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User Review  - questbird - LibraryThing

This book was interesting to me because I was at primary school with the author and have had heroin addiction in my family. No disrespect to the book is intended, but all heroin addiction stories seem ... Read full review

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Kate Holden is the author of In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, published by Text. For six years she wrote a column for The Age and has published essays, short stories, and reviews in Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Weekend Australian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and others.

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