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The Fictional Woman

by Tara Moss

What are your fictions? Tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including ‘author’, ‘model’, ‘gold-digger’, ‘commentator’, ‘inspiration’, ‘dumb blonde’, ‘feminist’ and ‘mother’, among many others.

Now, in her first work of non-fiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life – from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work – and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media.

Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss’s own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.

 

‘This book, part memoir, part manifesto, catapults [Tara] into the frontline as a public commentator who demands serious attention. She is a welcome addition to any conversation about social justice, public ethics and the objectification of women, about which she knows a great deal.’  Caroline Baum

‘a nimbly argued, statistic-laden exploration of the various labels we give women and the impact this has on their lives’  Catherine Keenan, ABC The Drum

‘hits its mark with sharp-shooting precision … Moss’ skill is in marshalling the evidence and communicating it in a way that is accessible, warm, open, lucid and passionate … Moss is a serious thinker’  Dr Clare Wright, The Age

‘An engaging mix of personal observation and well-structured argument and reasoning … one of the most accessible texts on the subject of contemporary feminism, and I have been recommending to everyone I know, both women and men.’  Good Reading

‘The most insightful book about women since The Feminine Mystique‘ Eve Mahlab, AO ‘

 


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01 June, 2014

About Tara Moss

Tara Moss is a novelist, television presenter and journalist. Since 1999 she has written seven bestselling novels and been published in seventeen countries in eleven languages. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Moss, who began penning gruesome 'Stephen King-inspired' stories for her classmates at the age of ten. She went on to an international career as a fashion model before pursuing professional writing. Her novels have been short-listed for both the Davitt and the Ned Kelly crime-writing awards, hit No. 1 on numerous bestseller lists, and made her Australia's No. 1 selling crime writer several years running. Her in-depth research has seen her earn her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy, tour the FBI Academy in Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G's doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. Stopping at nothing to 'experience' the research for her crime novels, Moss was set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter 'Big' John McCarthy. Moss has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI) since 2011, advocating for better support for breastfeeding mums in hospitals, the workforce and general community. She is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen.



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