In My Skin: A Memoir

Author(s): Kate Holden


An Australian memoir published to critical acclaim worldwide, In My Skinis 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 Skinis 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 memoirand The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, published by Text. For six years she wrote a column for The Ageand has published essays, short stories, and reviews in Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Weekend Australian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paperand others.


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Shortlisted for ABIA Australian Newcomer of the Year (Debut Writer) 2007 and Dobbie Award 2007.

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General Fields

  • : 9781921351075
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : October 2007
  • : 198mm X mm
  • : Australia
  • : December 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 304
  • : Biography & autobiography: general; Drug addiction & substance abuse
  • : Kate Holden
  • : Paperback
  • : 2
  • : English