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The Romantic

The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days

Kate Holden

This is the spellbinding follow-up to Kate Holden’s memoir In My Skin, but it has a different story to tell.

The Romantic describes Kate’s journey from Melbourne to Rome and Naples, from romance and sex to love, from loss to understanding—and back again.This is a book about everything from sex with strangers to the heartbreaking realities of being in love. It’s about the pride of fierce independence and the crushing weight of loneliness. It’s about losing yourself in love and then finding yourself through your lover.

But most of all, The Romantic is the story of one woman’s pilgrimage to discover who she really is. And to learn to like what she finds.

Kate Holden
About the Author

Kate Holden is the author of In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, published by Text. For six years she wrote a column for The Age and has published essays, short stories, and reviews in Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Weekend Australian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and others.

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27 September 2010
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Praise for Kate Holden
andThe Romantic

‘Holden has returned with a brilliant follow up. The Romantic is just as confronting and beautiful as her first.‘

‘Whether she is wallowing in self-hatred or dissolving with desire, her [Holden] insights are always keenly observed.’

‘Holden’s raw sequel to In My Skin is a sensual, sexy, brutally honest memoir.‘

The Romantic’s strength may be that it doesn’t end as a therapy-novel-meets-backpacker-romance…Which might be the most truthful kind of autobiography of all.’

‘She is an incredible writer, and I loved this book for its honesty and its beautiful prose. 4 stars.’

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  • The Romantic
    ISBN: 9781921799808
    27 September 2010
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