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A forthright, honest, and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearance due to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

"In fairy tales,the characters who look different are often cast as the villain or monsters. It's only when they shed their unconventional skin that they are seen as 'good' or less frightening. There are very few stories where the character that looks different is the hero of the story.... I've been the hero of my story - telling it on my own terms, proud about my facial difference and disability, not wanting a cure for my rare, severe, and sometimes confronting skin condition, and knowing that I am beautiful even though I don't have beauty privilege."

This honest, outspoken, and thought-provoking memoir by award-winning writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay will challenge all your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance. Carly lives with a rare skin condition, Ichthyosis, and what she faces every day, and what she has to live with, will have you cheering for her and her courage and irrepressible spirit. This is both a moving memoir and a proud manifesto on disability and appearance diversity issues.

"Believe the hype - by turns frank, funny, and fearsome, Findlay's extraordinary memoir is an early contender for 2019's best Australian non-fiction...a powerful and moving invitation to examine the structures of privilege and dehumanisation that we so desperately need address in this country." (Better Read Than Dead)

"A proud celebration of appearance difference...a valuable read." (Herald Sun)

"Defiant, unsettling and thought-provoking." (The Age)

©2019 Carly Findlay (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Emotional, honest and very very necessary

Such a great personal account of life with visible difference and everyday ableism. I loved that Carly narrated the story herself, I found it much more authentic.

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  • David J Nichols
  • 02-01-21

Excellent

I’m newly working to become a disability activism ally. I love that I found Carly to help me understand. I hope to help everyone I touch in life to be more accepting of themselves and other people, and to Say Hello 🙂 I’m grateful for this book and that Carly is reading it, her voice is fun to listen to. And she’s a fantastic writer. Every word chosen just right.