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This is an auction for two books by KATE HOLDEN.

They are:

* IN MY SKIN

and

* THE ROMANTIC

A *** starred *** review in Booklist (US) of IN MY SKIN:

“In this breathtakingly candid memoir, Holden, a middle-class Australian with an honours degree in classics, recounts her years weathering the emotional storm of heroin addiction. She retraces her fall, from her first hit of the drug (done as a lark with some friends) to months spent so strung out that she stole from her family and the bookstore where she had worked for several years. Heroin, she writes, was "a scaly green lizard wrapped tight around my mind, blinking its cold eyes at me, blinding me." Ever-desperate to finance her next fix, Holden turned tricks on the streets of St. Kilda, Australia, then spent time in a series of high-class brothels, an experience she found alternately harrowing and empowering. Heroin, she says, alters the body and psyche from the moment it bubbles through one's veins. After her first session as a prostitute, she writes: "The thought that I had perhaps just done something momentous slipped off me as smoothly as the needle glided in." What is most unnerving about Holden's account is the way in which she and fellow addicts relapsed after long stretches of being clean. Holden lavishly praises her family, who remained supportive through the most trying of times. Achingly honest but not for the squeamish.”

These are large format (trade) paperbacks in very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • NZ Post$4.95
  • tracked mail$6.95
  • tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$9.95
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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