When Kathryn Heyman was 20, she was raped by a taxi driver on her way home from a party. He was found not guilty on account of Kathryn’s alcohol consumption and choice of underwear. “So if he is not guilty? What then? What am I? Did I have to be an innocent to be innocent?” asks Kathryn. This scorching memoir blazes with an eloquent rage, but also hope and transcendence, as Kathryn rewrites the ending to become the heroine in her own grand adventure on a fishing trawler in the Timor Sea.
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Dr Kathryn Heyman is an award-winning author of six novels. Her most recent book is Fury, the memoir of a year in her life after a traumatic sexual assault trial when she found salvation and hope working as a deckhand on a fishing trawler in the Timor Sea. Kathryn taught creative writing for the University of Oxford and is now Conjoint Professor in Humanities at the University of Newcastle.
Dr Yves Rees is an award-winning writer and historian, a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and co-host of podcast Archive Fever. Their writing has featured in publications including the Sydney Review of Books, The Age, Guardian Australia, Meanjin, Australian Book Review and The Conversation. Yves was the recipient of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, awarded for their essay Reading the Mess Backwards, which formed the genesis of their first book, the memoir All About Yves.