True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings
In 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.
Graeme Simsion, author of The Rose Project, shares how he discarded his past – perhaps autistic – self, while comedian Sami Shah writes about his public split from Islam, the religion of his birth. Ramona Koval delves into the bittersweet end to her career at the ABC and Fiona Wright explores how anorexia has affected her romantic relationships. Whereas Kate Holden suggest that, for some, splitting – whether from memorabilia, books or lovers – is unimaginable.
Join eighteen acclaimed storytellers in their candid and courageous reflections on the intrinsic human experience of loss and leaving, that acknowledge the price we often pay for a much-needed end, or new beginning.
This is a profound collection, full of surprises, both harrowing and hopeful.Susan Wyndham
Raw, engrossing, bruising, sometimes sexy, always personal, Split is packed with transformations.Richard Glover