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Falling Up

by Diana Scott

Falling Up is a memoir of a woman whose experiences as a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father causes her psychological problems well into adulthood.

Diana Scott has written a compelling memoir of a damaged but often triumphant life yet she never slips into bitterness or self indulgence. From the gripping opening to the final pages of the book, Diana tells her story in an efficient yet dramatic way, often with humour and always with skill and insight.

This is story of an indomitable spirit, seduced by the idea of a glamorous future, struggling with the legacy of her painful past.

From early memories of a father's cunning and cruel manipulation of a daughter/father relationship, to a tormented life of self-hate which leads to alcoholism and drugs, this story is profoundly moving.

Diana shares with the reader a life that is shocking and gut-wrenching, yet at the same time always sprinkled with humour.

It's also a story of survival that shows the hard road to recovery.

About the Author

Having had a diverse career, perhaps reflecting a fractured childhood, Diana has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and journalism.

What the reviewers are saying

THIS is heavy going but essential reading for anyone who doubts the effects of childhood sexual abuse. The
pattern of Scott's self-destructive life is set when her father abuses her in the family home. Her mother's response - 'let sleeping dogs lie" - is tragic and adds to the pain. Scott's courageous self-examination should inspire others to
deal with their abuse. The only question is: did Scott's father ever pay for his actions? The book implies he didn't,
which is another tragedy.

In a word: brave

Melbourne Herald Sun - July 2005

Scott is unsparing of herself as she recounts her failed first marriage, her cavalier love affairs, and her defiant embrace of the botttle. At the same time she emerges as someone with considerable drive, hunour and capacity for friendship.

The Age - June 2005

ISBN 186403 344 4                                                                                                                              ARRP $29.95 

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