Zora Simic reviews 'Germaine: The life of Germaine Greer' by Elizabeth Kleinhenz and 'Unfettered and Alive: A memoir' by Anne Summers

Zora Simic reviews 'Germaine: The life of Germaine Greer' by Elizabeth Kleinhenz and 'Unfettered and Alive: A memoir' by Anne Summers

Germaine: The life of Germaine Greer

by Elizabeth Kleinhenz

Knopf, $39.99 hb, 432 pp, 9780143782841

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Unfettered and Alive: A memoir

by Anne Summers

Allen & Unwin, $39.95 hb, 512 pp, 9781743318416

When Anne Summers first met Germaine Greer at a raucous house party in Balmain in the early 1970s, she threw up in front of her after too many glasses of Jim Beam. Almost fifty years later, she muses that perhaps that early encounter was one of the reasons why they ‘never really connected’. After reading Summers’ latest memoir, Unfettered and Alive, in tandem with Elizabeth Kleinhenz’s Germaine: The life of Germaine Greer, I can think of a few others.

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Zora Simic

Zora Simic

Zora Simic is a Senior Lecturer in History and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of New South Wales.

Published in December 2018, no. 407

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