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.
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
Unfettered and Alive: A memoir
by Anne Summers
Allen & Unwin, $39.95 hb, 512 pp, 9781743318416
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Zora Simic is a Senior Lecturer in History and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of New South Wales.
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