SHOUT (Australia/New Zealand)

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault.

Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares her life and calls women to action through deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before.

Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice—and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

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Praise for SHOUT (Australia/New Zealand)

‘Laurie Halse Anderson’s raw autobiographical snapshots confront the learned and gendered shame so many of us feel. She lays out the horror of sexual violence, of inequality, and through this reassures her readers: these hurts are not small, the emotional scars will haunt. We have a voice, and we need to use it, collectively, to shout, loudly, that no—this has never been ok.’ Alice Bishop

‘Writing with honesty, vulnerability, Halse Anderson’s Shout is a powerful testament to women’s strength.’ Alice Robinson

‘A defiant, lion-hearted book, written with such perception and brevity that I forgot I was reading poetry and saw the lyrics of a new frontier anthem.’ Laura McPhee-Browne

‘Shout plunges deep into its ugly truth and spits back at systems that maintain a code of silence. Anderson’s voice is hoarse, unrelenting and indefatigable in its denouncement of rape culture. This book is visceral, jarring—and an experience that will not easily wash away.’ Eloise Grills

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