The Bride Stripped Bare by Anonymous

Reviewed by
September 2003, no. 254
Owen Richardson reviews 'The Bride Stripped Bare' by Anonymous

The Bride Stripped Bare

by Anonymous

Fourth Estate, $24.95 pb, 376 pp

The Bride Stripped Bare by Anonymous

Reviewed by
September 2003, no. 254

You have to sympathise with Nikki Gemmell. When she described her sense of liberation on deciding to publish The Bride Stripped Bare anonymously, she seemed to have in mind only a desire not to offend people close to her. She would also have liberated herself from the literary celebrity machine. But, once the game was up, she got even more of it than she would otherwise have done. It doesn’t seem to have bothered her too much. The profile in The Age and the appearance on Andrew Denton’s television show didn’t suggest that she was determined to salvage what she could from her original plan to stay invisible. Some of my more cynical friends have suggested that that was what she had in mind all along. But the book is written with a candour that confirms her avowals.

Owen Richardson reviews 'The Bride Stripped Bare' by Anonymous

The Bride Stripped Bare

by Anonymous

Fourth Estate, $24.95 pb, 376 pp

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