• Published: 1 June 2019

  • ISBN: 978-1-925183-87-0

  • ISBN ePUB: 978-1-925183-59-7

  • Format: Paperback

  • Extent: TBC

  • AU: $32.99

  • eBook: $9.99

  • Categories: Memoir

Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born, Israeli-Australian novelist, short story writer, essayist, memoirist and sometimes-poet based in Melbourne. Lee holds a PhD in social sciences and MA in creative writing. She is the author of three fiction books and the memoir The Dangerous Bride (Melbourne University Press 2014) which has been included in Best Books 2014 (The Age and Australian Book Review) and 2015 (The Age). Lee co-edited Rebellious Daughters (Ventura Press, 2016), an anthology of memoir by prominent female Australian authors. Her short works have been published in Australia, Scotland, UK, Israel, USA and Canada. Her writing has won many awards, including the Australian Council grant and Varuna’s flagship fellowship, and her blog on writing was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014.


True stories of leaving, loss and new beginnings

By Lee Kofman

An original collection of true stories by prominent Australian writers exploring, for the first time, the meaning, pain and growth behind severing ties, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman.

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 Rosie 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 her 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, which acknowledge the price we can often pay for a much-needed end, or new beginning.

Other Titles by Lee Kofman


'★★★★ A stellar line-up of Australian female writers' Books+Publishing

'Brimming with wise, funny, intimate stories... Each of us knows one, has one – or is one. There is much to savour here’ Nicole Abadee, Australian Financial Review Magazine

'If you have a female role model in your life whom you like to lock ideas with as well as horns, this is a great book to share and discuss' Hilary Simmons, Readings Monthly

'Within a few minutes of picking up the book, I was shedding tears… it is a highly thoughtful and often moving exploration of the nature of rebellion and how it affects ourselves and those around us' BookBirdy

'...gorgeous book that helps you to understand yourself, but it’s not just for the enjoyment of women, it is a universal book…' Tagg

'I adored that the rebellious nature of each woman was captured and celebrated in such a raw and glorious manner' AusRom Today