'In fairytales,the characters who look different are often castas the villain or monsters. It's only when they shed their unconventional skinthat they are seen as "good" or less frightening. There a...more
The cover photo was not lightened, I was very clear with how I wanted to look…moreThanks for buying my book and supporting my work, Mel. A sale is a sale.
The cover photo was not lightened, I was very clear with how I wanted to look on the cover.
My skin’s redness also changes depending on a number of factors.
And yes, I am angry. I said that in my book.
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Normally I'd say that my liking and reviewing one of my agency's books can be taken with a grain of salt, because of that conflict-of-interest, but that there's also no BS to my opinion. BUT with *this* review, I really especially have to stress a (let's say - tablespoon?) of salt because I feel very affectionate towards this one in particular.
Carly’s book is both memoir & manifesto: about her life growing up with a Disability and fac ...more
Carly is an Australian writer and blogger, appearance activist, speaker, television and radio star, podcast host, fashion icon and fangirl. This book is both her memoir and manifesto, detailing her life with Ichthyosis, a rare and severe skin condition.
I'll admit it, I do not like reading biographies or memoirs. They're usually too much like history for my taste (ugh) or I don't really care enough about a person ...more
This book offers a unique perspective on disability that mainstream Australia really needs, and that is equally important and valuable for both disabled and abled people.
Parts of the book resonated with me in such a profound and rare way that I've been thinking about them since I read them, and I'm sure they'll stay wit ...more
I'll be selecting this book for book club and asking my local library service to purchase copie ...more
A volume to educate us non-disabled about the experience of disability, from inside and out. The bullying experienced throughout school, the self doubt, the medicalised treatment Carly experienced and her reversing of power in that role from patient to educator. The search for love and acceptance, and the joy of fangirling and fashion.
Carly teaches, shares, and stands up for disable ...more
Carly is phenomenal writer, evoking both laughter and the occasional tear. OK, more like a lot of tears. Some of the experiences she has had to (and continues to) endure are frustrating at best and traumatic at worst. Her words on the importance of physical touch were especially poignant, and made me want to run out to the street and hug someone. Although the content is often confronting, her justifiable anger is conveyed with patience and the tone of the book re ...more
'Say Hello' encompasses the intricacies of life with a chronic illness, disability or impairment like nothing I've ever read before.
It is equal parts activism and biography, making it relatable for everyone, with the added guarantee you'll learn something; be it profound, or simply hilarious.
Above all, it is a riveting collection of snapshots through the life of one of ...more
She also has ichthyosis which is a rare skin condition that means her skin is red and sometimes sore. This book is a memoir of her life. Carly is well known for her disability activism and writing on this subject (amongst other things) and she has written this book for everyone.
This is a book that needs to be read by anyone and everyone. It’s for the ones who give a pitying look to disabled folk, who laugh, who discuss, who throw arbitrary comments about more friends being a cure. Who read an article to feel good about their lives and then click off and not allow it to cha ...more
The awareness raising and calm, generous explanations about the social model of disability and how non-disabled people can better share the world with people with disability are lessons in empathy and internalised ableism and can only make the world better.
As a non-disabled person, Carly’s work has educated me well beyond the common courtesy of respect, kindness & compassion for others. She has opened my eyes to my own unconscious ableism & inspired me to really strive to be the best human being I can possibly be.
I am an absolute sucker ...more
Carly was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. Carly received the 2010 and 2013 Yooralla Media Awards for Best Online Commentary for her ...more