In My Skin — Some reviews

I got a fair number of review of IN MY SKIN when it came out — in fact, rather more than I can remember. Most were, thankfully, positive! But 2005 was before online publication was so widespread for this kind thing. So many were only on paper. Here are some of those that are still available.


From The Compulsive Reader, Magdalena Ball, April 2016. A late revisiting!

From The Age

From The Monthly magazine

From The Observer (UK)

From The Guardian (UK)

From The New Review

By Rae Frances, historian of sex work

Readers’ reviews on GoodReads

“…the enchanting prose narrative effervescing with heartache and personal tragedy, inducing a desire in the reader to continue supping her words, the act of reading itself mirroring the self-destructive heroin addiction the authoress experienced first-hand as she desperately lived her story.” Wanabehuman online review by Abigail O’Reilly

Website video review from show, ‘For the Love of Books’ on STUDIO, April 2012.

6 Responses to In My Skin — Some reviews

  1. Sara Parks says:

    I really enjoyed this story. Reminded me a lot of myself in the beginning of falling in love and being sort of an isolated teenager who has started coming out of her shell more now that she is in college. The way you use your words make it very easy to read and truly understand what you are feeling while writing it. I came away reading this book with a feeling of hope and self acknowledgment. I love the honesty and purity of your writing.

    • kate says:

      Hi Sara

      Thank you so much, it’s so lovely to hear someone liked my book. And I didn’t realise it at the time (though I hoped I wasn’t too much of an anomaly) but the first part of my book, when I was just a shy young woman experimenting with the world, is perhaps the most universal. I really just wanted to say what it was like doing drugs and so forth, but maybe I’m actually interested in what it’s like to be a sensitive and naïve but hopeful young person.

      Your words are very kind and I really appreciate you taking the time. I wish you the best and happy reading in the future.


  2. Mark says:

    What a compelling book. It was so sad to follow your journey knowing what a wonderful person you are and yet seeing you powerless to make choices that would bring you happiness. I finished the book with greater compassion for those suffering addictions. Thank you.

    • kate says:

      Thank you Mark, I guess you read In My Skin? It’s very kind of you to leave a comment and I’m so glad you got something from my story. Everyone has a story, don’t they, even those who might frighten us a bit.


  3. richard watson says:

    I listened to you when interviewed by Annie Warburton on ABC Radio
    I Found you interesting and sensual – i would love to shag you


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