y In My Skin : A Memoir single work   autobiography  
Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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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?"...There was no single moment when someone looked at Kate Holden and said, 'Why don't you have some?' No one made her try heroin. There was only the sense, with her friends setting out on this forbidden adventure, that she would lose something if she didn't. Just once: to know. So this book is the story of a journey. From a loving family home to the streets of St Kilda; from a shy, bookish life to the ambivalent glamour of an inner-city brothel, Kate Holden describes with breathtaking lyricism and poignancy her travels in an unknown world. Contains explicit sexual scenes. (Source: Vision Australia Information and Library Service)

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Arcade , 2005 .
      Extent: 285p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      ISBN: 9781559708302 1559708301
    • Edinburgh,
      c
      Scotland,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Canongate , 2007 .
      Extent: 286p.
      ISBN: 1841959316 9781841959313
Alternative title: Na vlastní kůži : skutečný příběh o návratu z pekla prostituce a drog
Language: Czech
    • Brno,
      c
      Czech Republic,
      c
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      :
      JOTA , 2006 .
      Extent: 284p.
      ISBN: 8072174215

Works about this Work

Radiant Badlands Nina Gibb , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , September no. 19 2013; (p. 16-19)
In Sydney I grew up with my parents' stories as the ghostly backbone of the city, the warmth of the vanished art and drug culture shimmering just out of reach in the laneways behind Oxford Street or somewhere in the sandstone prison walls of East Sydney Tech. A decaying Martin Sharp print, a wedding present from the artist, leaned up against the wall of my dad's shed; he would tell stories about taking me as an infant to visit Robert Klippel, who burst into tears when he heard my name. My mother would invoke her time spent in the hippy-era Greek Islands, tales complete with run-ins with Leonard Cohen as well as a man who was later arrested as part of the Manson Family Killings.
Books of the Week Genevieve Siddle , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 29 July 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
Memoir as Suicide Susan Bradley Smith , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'Anecdotal by necessity, this essay through an act of confession considers the advantages and disadvantages of memoir as a genre for the contemporary writer who is also an academic. Employing the ruminative techniques of the lyric essay in order to question the reliance of confessional prose on anecdotal narrative, the prose style deliberately mingles genres in fragments that attempt both to stalk the subject - confessional ethics - and to free it from a narrative entrapment where content is supreme to textual expression. Considering also the notion of creative writing as therapy, and the vanity of the self-directed gaze, any resolutions are avoided as intimacies reveal the thorny negotiations of writing and revelation.' (Author's abstract)
Six Great Cover Ideas W. H. Chong , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 67 no. 3 2008; (p. 19-24)
Whispered Truths Unleashed by a Stranger's Sorry Tale Kate Holden , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 June 2007; (p. 3)
Sticky Business Kate Holden , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 December 2007; (p. 12-13)
Kate Holden discusses the 'sticky business' of reading and writing about sex.
Review Ara Jansen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 1 December 2007; (p. 42)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
I'll Tell You All - Except My Name Kate Holden , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 November 2006; (p. 28-29)

Kate Holden explores her curiosity at the use of pseudonyms by women writers of erotic literature. She concludes 'Playfulness, coyness, mystique and titillation are part of the erotic. In the age of bold women and admirable authors, though, it seems a shame to be so shy. It may be that "Anonymous" has the allure of teasing seduction, but a tease can go on only so long before it starts to look like apprehension.'

The Real Deal Joanna Briscoe , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 20 May 2006; (p. 9)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
Under the Skin Lisa Gorton , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Space: New Writing , no. 3 2006; (p. 149-155)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; Hoi Polloi Craig Sherborne 2005 single work autobiography
The Face : Kate Holden : Writer with a Past Helen Elliott , 2005 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2005; (p. 3)
Descent into Hell Markus Mannheim , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 9 October 2005; (p. 10)
Pillow Talk Rachel Buchanan , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 274 2005; (p. 27)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
This Week's Selections Tania Bawden , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 September 2005; (p. 10)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
Of Extraordinary Lives Juliette Hughes , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; Hoi Polloi Craig Sherborne 2005 single work autobiography ; Layla's Story Vanessa Gorman 2005 single work autobiography
Noted Zora Simic , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , September no. 5 2005; (p. 64)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
In Short : Non-Fiction Bruce Elder , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 October 2005; (p. 23)

— Review of Between Dark and Dark : A Memoir David Lovejoy 2005 single work autobiography ; Pray for Me in Santiago : Walking the Ancient Pilgrim Road to Santiago de Compostela Theresa Burkhardt-Felder 2005 single work autobiography ; In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; The Gentle Art of Persuasion : How to Argue Effectively Chester Porter 2005 single work prose
A Close Look at the Oldest Trick in the Book Ceridwen Spark , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 October 2005; (p. 12-13)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; The House at Number 10 Dorothy Johnston 2005 single work novel
First the Sex, and Then the Book Kathleen Noonan , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 August 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
Pillow Talk Rachel Buchanan , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 274 2005; (p. 27)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
This Week's Selections Tania Bawden , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 September 2005; (p. 10)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
Of Extraordinary Lives Juliette Hughes , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; Hoi Polloi Craig Sherborne 2005 single work autobiography ; Layla's Story Vanessa Gorman 2005 single work autobiography
Noted Zora Simic , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , September no. 5 2005; (p. 64)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
In Short : Non-Fiction Bruce Elder , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 October 2005; (p. 23)

— Review of Between Dark and Dark : A Memoir David Lovejoy 2005 single work autobiography ; Pray for Me in Santiago : Walking the Ancient Pilgrim Road to Santiago de Compostela Theresa Burkhardt-Felder 2005 single work autobiography ; In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; The Gentle Art of Persuasion : How to Argue Effectively Chester Porter 2005 single work prose
A Close Look at the Oldest Trick in the Book Ceridwen Spark , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 October 2005; (p. 12-13)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; The House at Number 10 Dorothy Johnston 2005 single work novel
First the Sex, and Then the Book Kathleen Noonan , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 August 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
The Real Deal Joanna Briscoe , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 20 May 2006; (p. 9)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
Under the Skin Lisa Gorton , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Space: New Writing , no. 3 2006; (p. 149-155)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography ; Hoi Polloi Craig Sherborne 2005 single work autobiography
Review Ara Jansen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 1 December 2007; (p. 42)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
Books of the Week Genevieve Siddle , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 29 July 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of In My Skin : A Memoir Kate Holden 2005 single work autobiography
The Face : Kate Holden : Writer with a Past Helen Elliott , 2005 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2005; (p. 3)
Descent into Hell Markus Mannheim , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 9 October 2005; (p. 10)
I'll Tell You All - Except My Name Kate Holden , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 November 2006; (p. 28-29)

Kate Holden explores her curiosity at the use of pseudonyms by women writers of erotic literature. She concludes 'Playfulness, coyness, mystique and titillation are part of the erotic. In the age of bold women and admirable authors, though, it seems a shame to be so shy. It may be that "Anonymous" has the allure of teasing seduction, but a tease can go on only so long before it starts to look like apprehension.'

Whispered Truths Unleashed by a Stranger's Sorry Tale Kate Holden , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 June 2007; (p. 3)
Sticky Business Kate Holden , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 December 2007; (p. 12-13)
Kate Holden discusses the 'sticky business' of reading and writing about sex.
Six Great Cover Ideas W. H. Chong , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 67 no. 3 2008; (p. 19-24)
Memoir as Suicide Susan Bradley Smith , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'Anecdotal by necessity, this essay through an act of confession considers the advantages and disadvantages of memoir as a genre for the contemporary writer who is also an academic. Employing the ruminative techniques of the lyric essay in order to question the reliance of confessional prose on anecdotal narrative, the prose style deliberately mingles genres in fragments that attempt both to stalk the subject - confessional ethics - and to free it from a narrative entrapment where content is supreme to textual expression. Considering also the notion of creative writing as therapy, and the vanity of the self-directed gaze, any resolutions are avoided as intimacies reveal the thorny negotiations of writing and revelation.' (Author's abstract)
Radiant Badlands Nina Gibb , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , September no. 19 2013; (p. 16-19)
In Sydney I grew up with my parents' stories as the ghostly backbone of the city, the warmth of the vanished art and drug culture shimmering just out of reach in the laneways behind Oxford Street or somewhere in the sandstone prison walls of East Sydney Tech. A decaying Martin Sharp print, a wedding present from the artist, leaned up against the wall of my dad's shed; he would tell stories about taking me as an infant to visit Robert Klippel, who burst into tears when he heard my name. My mother would invoke her time spent in the hippy-era Greek Islands, tales complete with run-ins with Leonard Cohen as well as a man who was later arrested as part of the Manson Family Killings.
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