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EGGSHELL SKULL

Brianna Lee (Bri Lee)

  • Original Title: EGGSHELL SKULL
  • Publication date: June 2018
  • Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
  • Country: AU
  • 358 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Australia
  • Themes: FAMILY, Childhood, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Injustice, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Power, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Perversion, Sex, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character, Resilience, Facing failure, Psychological dysfunction

Pitch

A memoir that describes Bri Lee's experience as a complainant in the Australian court system for sexual abuse as a child by a family friend.

Comments

Winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in the People’s Choice category.
Winner Of The 2018 Nib Award People’s Choice Category.
Longlisted for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) in the Biography book of the year category, and for the Matt Richell award for new writer of the year
Longlisted For The 2019 Indie Book Awards.

Brianna “Bri” Lee (born 1991) is an Australian writer, editor and women’s rights activist. She is the founder and editor of quarterly periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains. She spent a year as a judge’s associate for the District Court of Queensland and is qualified to practise law but chooses not to.

Summary

A memoir about what happens when a sexual assault complainant is strong and angry.

EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland - where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

Bri Lee has written a memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with empathy and courage.

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  • Author’s biography

    Brianna “Bri” Lee (born 1991) is an Australian writer, editor and women’s rights activist. She is best known for her 2018 memoir EGGSHELL SKULL, that describes her experience as a complainant in the Australian court system for sexual abuse as a child by a family friend. She is the founder and editor of quarterly periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains. She spent a year as a judge’s associate for the District Court of Queensland and is qualified to practise law but chooses not to.