This website is all about literature and writing, which really means – about living an ‘examined’ life, to paraphrase Socrates. Here I share some of my favourite books, writing resources and exercises, my published works and my blog The Writing Life, where I write about what I have learned about writing from the books I read, writers I meet and from my ongoing trial-and-error practice. I also blog about all I don’t manage to learn about writing despite my daily efforts.
How Our Bodies Shape the People We BecomeBy the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that have shaped her sense of self and her view of the world. Purchase
True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New BeginningsIn this compelling anthology of personal essays, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman, some of Australia’s most beloved writers reveal, for the first time, powerful, occasionally funny and often heartbreaking stories of significant endings and their aftermath. Purchase
An anthology of Australian memoir Lee co-edited with Maria KatsonisGood daughters hold their tongues, obey their elders and let their families determine their destiny. Rebellious Daughters are just the opposite. In Rebellious Daughters, some of Australia’s most talented female writers share intimate and touching stories of rebellion and independence. Purchase
The Dangerous Bride
A Memoir of Love, Gods and GeographyWhat do you do when your husband claims to be madly in love with you, but doesn’t desire you sexually? When your therapist is more interested in opening an online sex-toy shop with your husband than in saving your marriage? Do you try yet another counsellor, get divorced or settle for a sexless marriage? Purchase
ImperfectIn a mix of memoir and cultural critique, Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths about physical perfection and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm. "Kofman is captivating when recounting her formative experiences—recollections of people- and fly-strewn hospital rooms in Odessa and the heaving throb of people in Tel Aviv are visceral and evocative—but Kofman excels the most when she’s reconstituting the gaze towards ‘imperfect’ women and recontextualising the link between body and selfhood." - Books + Publishing Purchase
Praise for Lee’s writing
Seduced by Lee’s searing honesty and luminous prose, I could not put Imperfect down.
[Lee’s] writing is poetic and self-assured.
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Strikingly candid and candidly engrossing.
on THE DANGEROUS BRIDE
Kofman’s writing, as ever, goes well beneath the surface of things.
THE SATURDAY PAPER