Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Finally got around to reading local writer Kate Holden's 2005 memoir In My Skin recently. Recounting the years in the 1990s that she spent as a heroin user and St. Kilda streetwalker, the book is certainly well-written and at times a pretty engrossing read, with some moments of real eloquence. I think Holden often uses her strong descriptive talents as a substitute for saying anything really meaningful, and I felt the horrors of her life were not depicted powerfully enough to have a whole lot of emotional impact, but it is certainly a brave way for a new young writer to introduce herself to the world.