Description - Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
'Scorching, self-scouring: a young woman finds her steel and learns to wield it' - Helen Garner
'Brutal, brave and utterly compelling . . . I can't remember a book I devoured with such intensity, nor one that moved me so profoundly' Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behaviour and co-founder of Kill Your Darlings
EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.
But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?
Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.
This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.
Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.
'Courageous, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful' Liam Pieper, author of The Toymaker
'Sensitive and clear-eyed' Jessica Friedmann, author of Things That Helped
'A page-turner of a memoir, impossible to put down' Krissy Kneen, author of An Uncertain Grace
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Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Allen & Unwin
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Book Review: Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee - Reviewed by Skye (27 Jan 2020)
Bri Lee's memoir was at the same time a very difficult book to read and unputdownable. Bri grappled with the trauma of her own experience with sexual assault while working in the legal system, watching so many perperators walk free unfairly. The content can be quite disturbing at times, but it has a very strong, important message, told bravely. The writing was incredibly poignant and emotive. While not an overall optimistic read, Bri very compellingly outlines the flaws with our legal system that make justice so hard for victims of sex crimes to find, in what I hope can contribute to real change.
Author Biography - Bri Lee
Bri Lee is a writer and editor whose work has been published in The Guardian, Griffith Review, the VICE network and elsewhere, and she regularly appears on ABC Radio. In 2016 Bri was the recipient of the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship, and in 2017 was one of Griffith Review's Queensland writing fellows. She is the founding editor of the quarterly print periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains, which has published nonfiction about women and their work since 2015. In 2018 Bri received a Commonwealth Government of Australia scholarship and stipend to work on her second book at the University of Queensland. She is qualified to practice law, but doesn't.
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