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Tilda is Visible

Jane Tara

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Affirm Press
27 February 2024

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One day Tilda's finger disappears. She can feel it, but it's invisible. As more parts of her start to disappear she is horrified to learn that there is an epidemic that isn't being dealt with - one that only afflicts women, usually of a certain age: invisibility. In fact, the medical community has ignored it because it's a female scourge... Tilda has made her living from inspirational quotes, but she is going to need more than a bon mot to deal with her new reality. From non-supportive support groups to radical self-help treatment by a reviled female doctor, and with the help - or hindrance - of her female friends and family, Tilda has to learn how to reclaim her confidence and make herself seen again... I thought it a shame that Tilda had to find the perfect man (a handsome and wealthy one who is physically blind, so he can 'see' her...) to help her in her quest for visibility, but there are some very interesting concepts and characterisations that redeem that romance trope! Lindy

'Pitch-perfect.' Kathy Lette 'Fresh, funny, smart and warm.' Rachael Johns 'Delightfully original.' Joanna Nell 'Oh, my heart! What a story! I feel so seen.' Josephine Moon 'Clever, layered, funny.' Vanessa McCausland 'Genuinely empowering.' Julietta Henderson 'I've never felt so seen!' Lisa Ireland 'Inspirational.' Cathrine Mahoney 'I laughed myself silly.' Belinda Alexandra 'Fabulously feminist.' Tess Woods 'Witty, wise and empowering.' Tricia Stringer 'Relatable and inspiring.' Mary-Lou Stephens When Tilda Finch is diagnosed with invisibility, she's not overly surprised - she's felt invisible for years. She has a good life and a successful business selling inspirational quotes on merchandise. But she's never really recovered from her divorce. Or, if she's honest, her childhood. Tilda's past has taken a toll and she's lost sight of herself. Now, with the possibility of completely disappearing, she must face the trauma of her past and rewrite the way she perceives the world, and herself. Entertaining, hilarious and poignant, Tilda Is Visible addresses the power of our thoughts and how childhood trauma shapes our adult experience.

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Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   434g
ISBN:   9781922930439
ISBN 10:   1922930431
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jane Tara has published over a hundred children's books, several plays and five novels. She's a daily meditator, a sucker for a rescue mutt and, most of all, a front-row cheerleader for her two sons. She spent thirteen years wandering the world and lived in five countries but is now happily at home in Sydney. Jane is the general manager at Australia's largest book review community, Better Reading.

Reviews for Tilda is Visible

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One day Tilda's finger disappears. She can feel it, but it's invisible. As more parts of her start to disappear she is horrified to learn that there is an epidemic that isn't being dealt with - one that only afflicts women, usually of a certain age: invisibility. In fact, the medical community has ignored it because it's a female scourge... Tilda has made her living from inspirational quotes, but she is going to need more than a bon mot to deal with her new reality. From non-supportive support groups to radical self-help treatment by a reviled female doctor, and with the help - or hindrance - of her female friends and family, Tilda has to learn how to reclaim her confidence and make herself seen again... I thought it a shame that Tilda had to find the perfect man (a handsome and wealthy one who is physically blind, so he can 'see' her...) to help her in her quest for visibility, but there are some very interesting concepts and characterisations that redeem that romance trope! Lindy





"'A pitch-perfect tale about women not passing our amuse-by dates.' Kathy Lette, Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part 'There aren't many original story ideas, but Jane Tara has pulled off the almost impossible feat of writing one. Tilda Is Visible is fresh, funny, smart and warm. I predict this is the book every book club will be talking about in 2024.' Rachael Johns, The Work Wives 'Honest, funny and delightfully original. I will be pressing a copy of this uplifting novel into the hands of all my invisible friends.' Joanna Nell, Mrs Winterbottom Takes a Gap Year 'Oh, my heart! What a story! I feel so seen. Laugh-out-loud funny and sad all at once, for every woman who has had that fist-to-the-chest moment of realisation: you've become invisible. Jane brings a fresh and much-needed voice to the lives of women everywhere.' Josephine Moon, The Wonderful Thing About Phoenix Rose 'Clever, layered, funny - a fresh look at women and ageing. Tilda feels wholly real as a character - no small feat when you consider that the premise of this book is a woman literally turning invisible. Jane Tara is a sharp, witty new voice in Australian fiction, and her story is full of pathos and unspoken truths. I loved it.' Vanessa McCausland, Dreaming in French 'An original, perceptive and genuinely empowering novel about friendship, love and redefining the joy of ageing. Tilda is not just visible, she's luminous, discovering that getting older should never be about mourning the things you've lost but celebrating all the things you've gained. Jane Tara's authentic and insightful book should be prescribed reading for every woman of a certain age ... and anyone who loves her.' Julietta Henderson, The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman 'Laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant in equal parts, Jane Tara's vibrant debut had me reading long into the night. Thanks to Tilda, I've never felt so seen!' Lisa Ireland, The One and Only Dolly Jamieson 'I was ""in"" from page one, hook, line and little finger ... devoured it over two nights. A perfect antidote for anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit invisible. Inspirational, entertaining, funny and therapeutic all rolled into one. Loved it!' Cathrine Mahoney, Currently Between Husbands and host of So, I Quit My Day Job 'I think it's the best book I've read all year! Original, clever ... every page is a delight! It is written with such a lovely, lively and warm style that I found myself effortlessly following Tilda and her friends. But, more than that, it so gently and poignantly makes an important social comment on the reality of life for women over fifty. It's self-help without realising you are being helped.' Belinda Alexandra, Emboldened 'A feisty, funny, tender book, fabulously feminist and sparkling with wit and originality. I loved Tilda and so will you!' Tess Woods, Love and Other Battles 'Witty, wise and empowering - every woman should read Tilda's story.' Tricia Stringer, Back on Track 'Tilda Is Visible is for everyone who feels as though they're not seen in this world as well as those who might overlook them. There are lessons to be learnt here but in such a lighthearted way it's a delight to discover them. Tilda's journey from scepticism to curiosity, to hope and then action, is both relatable and inspiring. This joyous tale of self-discovery, without the preaching or platitudes, will make you smile, give you food for thought and entertain you all at the same time. Quite a feat!' Mary-Lou Stephens, The Last of the Apple Blossom 'Within the first few pages, I'm all in ... what makes this book so enjoyable is the obvious fun Tara had with the world she created'. - The Weekend Australian"


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