Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Skins” as Want to Read:
Skins
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Skins

3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Shipwrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1835, Dorothea Newell, a young English woman, is marooned on an island in this compelling novel based on a true story. A raw tale of survival unfolds as Dorothea and the other castaways come to terms with the seal hunters encamped on the island and with the desolate environment. Also depicted are the reassimilation challeng ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Allen & Unwin (first published May 1st 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Skins, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Skins

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Danielle Burns
Feb 22, 2014 Danielle Burns rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww
Sarah Hay won The Vogel in 2001 for this work and as the Australian Book Review said, 'it's a powerful evocation of a time and place rarely featured in Australian literary fiction'. In my opinion, Hay also gives us something even more uncommon, an insight into the female version of events.

The heroine is Dorothea Newell, a young british woman who has emigrated to King George Sound with her large family to find a better life. Later, when it appears they have only found yet more disappointment, she
...more
Amy
Dec 22, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
This book is a fictionalized account of a true story. In 1835, Dorothea Newell and 8 others were shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Western Australia. It is a harsh world and she finds herself a single white woman in the company of sealers, desperadoes and people of shady pasts.

To protect her younger sister, whose husband has tried to trade her to Black Jack Anderson the sealer, Dorothea becomes Anderson's woman. Even this does not guarantee her safety. She does what she must and keeps h
...more
Linda
Jan 09, 2008 Linda rated it did not like it
I am sad to say that I didnt finish this book :( I just couldnt get into it at all...I read about 60 pages, but just could not enjoy it.

Amanda
Mar 17, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Fascinating story, beautiful setting details, and interesting characters. My only concern was that I was occasionally confused about who was who, but overall an enjoyable read.
Laurie
Laurie rated it liked it
Apr 09, 2012
Jaki
Jaki rated it it was ok
Mar 25, 2010
Joanne Kriziotis
Joanne Kriziotis rated it liked it
Oct 04, 2016
Melissa
Melissa rated it really liked it
Aug 11, 2012
Booklovinglady
Booklovinglady rated it liked it
Sep 28, 2011
Kay Kay
Jan 09, 2010 Kay Kay rated it it was ok
Awful!!!, I couldn't even read it!
Hannah Trainor
Hannah Trainor rated it really liked it
May 19, 2013
Helen Cullen
Helen Cullen rated it liked it
Nov 14, 2012
Erin
Erin rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2016
keekzy
keekzy rated it liked it
Jan 13, 2011
Jo
Jo rated it it was ok
Feb 12, 2012
Carmelita
Carmelita rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2011
Eric
Eric rated it liked it
Aug 16, 2016
Barbara Goldflam
Barbara Goldflam rated it liked it
Jan 19, 2014
Rosandruss
Rosandruss rated it did not like it
Nov 06, 2011
Brendan
Brendan rated it liked it
Aug 09, 2011
Anne_MB
Anne_MB rated it liked it
Oct 18, 2009
Leslie Crawley
Leslie Crawley rated it liked it
May 14, 2016
Kat Endeavour
Kat Endeavour rated it really liked it
Feb 19, 2013
Bridget
Bridget rated it really liked it
Jul 06, 2011
Sammi
Sammi rated it really liked it
Jan 27, 2010
Pia
Pia rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2010
Linda Jamieson
Linda Jamieson rated it liked it
Dec 17, 2015
Trevor
Trevor rated it it was ok
Jun 10, 2014
Kobie Hughes
Kobie Hughes rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2017
Chris
Chris rated it it was amazing
Feb 20, 2008
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »