Project Description

IMAGECOMINGSOON

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25 May 2021
RRP: $29.99
ISBN: 9781922419194
Paperback,  288 pages
234 x 153 mm
Memoir

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In My Defence, I Have No Defence

by Sinéad Stubbins

Sinéad Stubbins has always known that there was a better version of herself lying just outside of her grasp. That if she listened to the right song or won the right (any) award or knew about whisky or followed the right Instagram psychologist or drank kombucha, ever, or enacted the correct 70-step Korean skincare regime, she would become her ‘best self’.

In My Defence, I Have No Defence raises the white flag on trying to live up to impossible standards. Wild and funny and wickedly relatable, it is one woman’s reckoning with her complete inability to self-improve and a hilarious reprieve for anyone who has ever struggled to be better. This is the comfort read of the year from Australia’s most exciting new comedy writer.

Praise

‘Stubbins writes paragraphs the way some people write entire short stories … It’s remarkable how effortless she makes it seem. … The greatest strength of Stubbins’ debut is her sharp turn of phrase and clear observational skills.’ The Saturday Paper

‘One of the funniest things you’ll read all year.’ Broadsheet

‘A millennial David Sedaris … the same wit, precision and empathy infuse every page, each painfully true observation.’ Meg Mason

‘Lacerating, funny and poignant. Few people can write about the shared neuroses of our generation like Sinéad Stubbins.’ Benjamin Law

‘Sinéad is the honest, hilarious, awkward best friend we all need.’ Rosie Waterland

‘Stubbins writes paragraphs the way some people write entire short stories … It’s remarkable how effortless she makes it seem. … The greatest strength of Stubbins’ debut is her sharp turn of phrase and clear observational skills.’ The Saturday Paper

About the Author

Sinéad is a writer from Melbourne who has written for The Guardian, frankie, The Big Issue, The Age, ELLE, The Cut and Vulture, among other places. In 2020 she was on the writing staff for ABC’s The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. She mainly writes about pop culture, friendship and the embarrassing moments that you think about in the five minutes before you go to sleep… for the next 20 years of your life. She also used to write TV recaps for Junkee on The Bachelor and Game of Thrones, in which she used screenshots to make fun of people.