An Impact Press book
Published: 1 February 2016
ISBN ePUB: 978-1-925384-00-0
Kim Hodges currently resides on the NSW north coast and immerses herself in the pristine beauty of beaches, mountains and estuaries. She grew up in Coolah, a small remote town in Central NSW, Australia with a population of 900, and has lived in Sydney and the UK. Kim has been employed in many professional roles: tutor and lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences (Southern Cross University), and a consultant in curriculum development (TAFENSW) and policy (NSW Government).
Girl on the Edge
An arresting memoir
By Kim Hodges
Girl on the Edge is the incredible memoir of Kim Hodges, detailing her adolescent experiences growing up in a small rural town of NSW. Her mistreatment and tumultuous upbringing has niggled away in the back of her mind since she was seven years of age. Now a family woman with three children of her own, Kim has found the courage and discipline to work her story into words.
Written through a child’s sensitive lens with reflections that could only be surmised and truly understood as an adult, Girl on the Edge explores identity, belonging, and alienation, as well as class, gender and power. Set in the landscape of the small NSW country town of Coolah, Kim’s coming of age story is far from quaint. Using her wry humour to offset the confronting content, Girl on the Edge is truly an arresting memoir.
Praise for Girl on the Edge
‘A powerful memoir that richly illustrates the struggles of a young woman to experience freedom and pursue desires beyond those prescribed by small town rural Australia.’
PROFESSOR SIMONE FULLAGAR, DEPARTMENT FOR HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF BATH
‘An arresting memoir of a sensitive adolescent girl growing up in a small and isolated town in regional Australia.’
IRINA DUNN, DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN WRITERS NETWORK
‘An engrossing account of small town phobias, interests and fears, and how a young woman’s struggle with difference can overcome many obstacles. A must for any reader.’
DR LISA MILNER, SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY
Other titles by Kim Hodges
Girl Over the Edge
Girl over the Edge strips bare the range of human emotions, struggles and treatment options associated with mental illness, and encourages an overall message of hope, positivity and understanding.
‘In her raw and personal account Kim Hodges details how her mood disorder stripped her bare and articulates what has kept her going. The reader will be struck by her honesty and authenticity.’
PROFESSOR GORDON PARKER, FOUNDER, THE BLACK DOG INSTITUTE