domestic abuse

Domestic violence and rape are not easy topics to write or read about. It’s not just because of the subject matter itself, as grim and distressing as the details can be. The writer must grapple with centuries of cultural baggage, competing theorisations and research paradigms, and the politicisation of these issues, for better or worse ...

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Sydney Smith: The Lost Woman

Carmel Bird
Monday, 09 July 2012

Carmel Bird

 

The Lost Woman
by Sydney Smith
Text Publishing, $32.95 pb, 280 pp, 9781921922480

 

In 1978 Christina Crawford published her memoir Mommie Dearest, an account of her life as the abused adoptive child of Joan Crawford. Shocking scenes in this ...