A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.
‘In fairytales,the characters who look different are often castas the villain or monsters. It’s only when they shed their unconventional skinthat they are seen as “good” or less frightening. There are very fewstories where the character that looks different is the hero of the story … I’ve been the hero of my story – telling it on my own terms, proud about my facial difference anddisability, not wanting a cure for my rare, severe and sometimes confrontingskin condition, and knowing that I am beautiful even though I don’t have beautyprivilege.’
This honest, outspoken and thought-provoking memoir by award-winning writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay will challenge all your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance. Carly lives with a rare skin condition, Ichthyosis, and what she faces every day, and what she has to live with, will have you cheering for her and her courage and irrepressible spirit. This is both a moving memoir and a proud manifesto on disability and appearance diversity issues.
‘Believe the hype – by turns frank, funny, and fearsome, Findlay’s extraordinary memoir is an early contender for 2019’s best Australian non-fiction … a powerful and moving invitation to examine the structures of privilege and dehumanisation that we so desperately need address in this country.’ Better Read Than Dead
‘A proud celebration of appearance difference … a valuable read.’ Herald Sun
‘Defiant, unsettling and thought-provoking.’ The Age