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The Lotus Eaters

Emily Clements



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Hardie Grant Books
01 February 2020
Biography; Autobiography: general; Memoirs
Since childhood, Emily Clements' sense of self had always been shaped by the opinions of others and the need to be liked.

When a stand-off with her best friend sees nineteen-year-old Emily stranded in Vietnam, she is alone for the first time and adrift in a new environment. With seemingly nothing to lose, she makes the biggest decision of her life - to stay. But Emily's attempts to bridge a yawning loneliness spur a downward spiral of recklessness, as she hurtles from one sexual encounter to the next. It will take a truly terrifying experience for her to understand that sex is both a weapon and a wound in her battle for self-worth and empowerment.

Delicately interweaving past and present, The Lotus Eaters is a sharply written story of self-redemption from an exciting young voice in Australian memoir that dissects the patterns of blame and shame women can form around their bodies and relationships.
By:   Emily Clements
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   430g
ISBN:   9781743795699
ISBN 10:   1743795696
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Emily Clements is a 26-year-old writer based in Melbourne. Her non-fiction has been shortlisted for the Feminartsy Memoir Prize and highly commended in the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, while her fiction has been twice shortlisted for the Rachel Funari Prize and earned the Melbourne Young Writers Award in 2014. She's also been shortlisted for the NUW Fair Australia Prize and the Joanne Burns Award. Her writing has been developed through the ACT Writers Centre's Hardcopy program, FCAC's West Writers Group and RMIT's Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. She is a former editor for Voiceworks, helping facilitate literary engagement in young people, and currently edits captions for broadcast television.

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