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 suggests 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.
Raw, engrossing, bruising, sometimes sexy, always personal, Split is packed with transformations.
The emotional range, honesty and deep introspection make Split read like a map of the human heart.Books + Publishing (4 stars review)
Split is wise and comforting.The Big Issue (4 stars review)
So much to admire in this immersive, riveting collection, not least its intellectual honesty and just how fresh these essays feel. No reheated dishes here, nothing that feels even remotely half-hearted.Maria Tumarkin
If you have ever loved and lost, you will recognise these recollections of wisdom hard won, recounted with poise, poignancy, wry humour and occasional joy.Jane Sullivan
This is a profound collection, full of surprises, both harrowing and hopeful.Susan Wyndham
These diverse tales of leave-takings and ruptures, pain and resilience, heartbreak and healing are unified by their psychological complexity, emotional chiaroscuro and literary brilliance.Alice Nelson
These writers invite you into their most vulnerable moments. Split will challenge, entertain and deeply move. I highly recommend.Eliza Henry-Jones