Eggshell Skull

Eggshell Skull 1

by Bri Lee

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 23/05/2018

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EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'.

If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

'Courageous, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful' Liam Pieper, author of The Toymaker

'Sensitive and clear-eyed' Jessica Freidmann, author of Things That Helped

'A page-turner of a memoir, impossible to put down' Krissy Kneen, author of An Uncertain Grace

'A scorching, self-scouring tale of justice fought for and won.' Helen Garner

'Brutal, brave and utterly compelling...I can't remember a book I devoured with such intensity, nor one that moved me so profoundly' Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behaviour and co-founder of Kill Your Darlings

ISBN:
9781760295776
9781760295776
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
23-05-2018
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
368
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Weight:
0.48kg

Bri Lee

Bri Lee is a writer and editor whose work has been published in The Monthly, Harper's Bazaar Australia, The Saturday Paper, Crikey, The Guardian, Griffith Review, i-D, VAULT Art Magazine, and elsewhere. She regularly appears on The Drum on ABC TV, various ABC Radio National programs, and often gives talks on writing, law, feminism, fashion, pop culture, and art. As the Founding Editor of the quarterly print periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains, Bri commissioned and published diverse non-fiction about women and their work from 2015 to 2018. 

Her first book, Eggshell Skull, was published by Allen & Unwin in June 2018. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in non-fiction, winning the 2019 People's Choice Award, and also won the 2018 People's Choice at the Nib Awards for research in writing, and the 2019 ABIA for Biography of the Year. Eggshell Skull has also been shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards and longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize.

In 2016 Bri was the recipient of the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship, and in 2017 was one of Griffith Review's Queensland writing fellows. In 2018 Bri received a Commonwealth Government of Australia scholarship and stipend to work on her second book at the University of Queensland. For this work she also received a Lord Mayor's Emerging Artist Fellowship to spend 4-6 weeks in New York City in early 2019. She has received numerous other fellowships, residencies, and mentorships, most recently the 2018 Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award at the Queensland Literary Awards.

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  • An eye-opening read about our legal system

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    If you've never had anything to do with our legal system it's easy to imagine that, if you did need it, things would work out fairly and justice would prevail. This book shatters those illusions.
    It is an account of some of the problems of the jury system, particularly in small country towns, the problem of delays, and sometimes deliberate delays, to dealing with legal matters that took place in the ever increasing past and memories fade, and witnesses become less reliable. It also shows the difficulties of women in a system that seems heavily weighted towards men - especially in cases involving sexual assault.
    If you have experienced sexual assault or abuse, this book should come with a warning that it will raise issues for you. Nevertheless, I recommend this book.