by Bri Lee
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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Torrid, self-exploring: a young woman finds her steel and learns to handle – Helen Garner’Brutal, courageous and quite convincingI do not remember a book that I devoured with such intensity, nor the one that deeply moved me’ Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behavior and co-founder of Kill your Darlings de la COQUILLE CRÂNE: well established in legal doctrine is that the accused must’take their victim that they find them’.If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that the victim of weakness can not mitigate the severity of the offenceBut if it works the other way too.What if a defendant at trial for sexual crimes has accepted his “victim” as she comes: a strong, determined, accuser, who knows, the legal system, which will not return down until justice is doneBri Lee began her first day’s work at the Queensland District Court clear to the Associate JudgeTwo 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, while a law student, and, finally, as a partner’s judge in the two metropolitan and regional areas of Queensland-where justice may seem very different, especially for womenBri’s injustice was witness, wept and raged over every day finally forced to face her personal story, the one she had promised never to say againAnd that’s how, after years of struggle, she ended up on the other side of the courtroom, her storyBri Lee wrote a fierce and eloquent memoir, which responds both to her own settling of scores with the past as well as with the stories around her, telling the truth with wit, empathy and endowed with unwavering courageThe shell of the Skull egg is a haunting assessment of modern Australia from a new and indispensableCourage, heartbreaking and ultimately hope Liam Pieper, author of Th
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