Rebellious Daughters

Rebellious-Daughters_coverAn anthology of Australian female memoir Lee co-edited with Maria Katsonis

Good daughters hold their tongues, obey their elders and let their families determine their destiny. Rebellious Daughters are just the opposite. 

In Rebellious Daughters, some of Australia’s most talented female writers share intimate and touching stories of rebellion and independence as they defy the expectations of parents and society to find their place in the world.

Powerful, funny and poignant, these stories explore everything from getting caught in seedy nightclubs to lifelong family conflicts and marrying too young. Beautifully written, profoundly honest and always relatable, every story is a unique retelling that celebrates the rebellious daughter within us all.

Not every woman is a mother, grandmother, aunty or sister – but all women are daughters.

Rebellious Daughters was mentioned in The books we loved: Australian writers nominate their favourite reads of 2016 in The Age & was listed in 17 Nonfiction Books out in August 2016 that you need to read this summer in

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‘This is a well-balanced collection of memoirs that charts the “complicated map of parent-daughter relationships” 4 stars’ Books + Publishing

Rebellious Daughters is brimming with wise, funny, intimate stories.’ Financial Review

‘All of the writers… bring something of worth to the feast.’ Sydney Morning Herald & The Age

‘Rebellious Daughters is just as notable for its portrait of families in joy and crisis, struggling to adhere to the expectations of the ‘‘good’’ family, as it is for the rebellion of daughters.’ The Australian

‘Some terrific Australian female writers offer their own stories of rebellion and the search for independence.’ Herald Sun

‘Honest storytelling and brilliant writing. 4.5 stars‘ The Big Issue

‘In Katsonis and Kofman’s collection, to write the self is to claim it, concomitant with the process of growing up, of becoming woman.’ Text Journal

‘Do yourself a favour and read Rebellious Daughters – a generous insight into the exquisite quandaries of growing into yourself; a loving portrait of the journeys that birthed the women of our generation. 4 starsPeril Magazine

‘A collection of incredibly raw, emotional and often brave stories from some of Australia’s greatest female writers.’ Daily Mercury

‘Easy to read, painfully honest, yet interspersed with wry humor, these engrossing memoirs sensitively describe parents, daughters, sisters and grandparents with snappy dialogue and a fast pace. 4.5 stars‘ Good Reading Magazine

‘This is an extraordinary collection of memoir – so readable, so interesting… this eclectic mix of women authors that truly reflects the breadth and depth of contemporary Australian women writers. 4 stars‘ The Reviewers

‘This is the sort of book that would make a brilliant gift for the women in your life, a gentle reminder that we each have the power to shape our own lives, and a much needed reminder that the world won’t end should we dare to say ‘no’… 4 starsHush Hush Biz

‘Editors Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman have curated a challenging and important collection of pieces.’ Lip Magazine

‘In this book all of the messiness and cruelty of life is on display.’ Newtown Review of Books

‘Rebellious Daughters, a consciously controversial collection of short works by female Australian writers, is a feisty compendium of creative nonfiction.’ Readings

‘Engaging, sometimes shocking, but thoroughly generous and warm-hearted book.’ Whispering Gums

‘Several times I found myself holding my breath at the raw honesty of some of the contributors… It’s well worth a read.’ Devoted Ecclectic

‘A book that all readers of fine non fiction will thoroughly enjoy.’ Tagg

‘I adored that the rebellious nature of each woman was captured and celebrated in such a raw and glorious manner.’ AusRom

Rebellious Daughters is no chest-beating feminist manifesto. Instead, it is a highly thoughtful and often moving exploration of the nature of rebellion and how it affects ourselves and those around us.’ Book Birdie blog

‘These essays on varying forms of rebellion are delicious.’ 2016 Reading Picks, Irma Gold

‘Australian female writers share some amazing true stories of life changing moments… Recommended.’ Kathryn’s Inbox

‘This is an extraordinary collection of memoir – so readable, so interesting… truly reflects the breadth and depth of  contemporary Australian women writers.’ Reading, Writing and Riesling

‘An eclectic array of honest, heartwarming and heartbreaking stories… the wonderful contributors have bravely laid their souls bare…’ Debbish

‘Katsonis and Kofman have collected stories from a variety of backgrounds, and they work together stunningly well.’ Pencilled In

‘Each of the stories is poignant, occasionally sad, many times well worthy of a chuckle as you recognise yourself in the words…’ Blue Wolf Reviews

‘This wonderful anthology… gives us some food for thought with seventeen memoir-type reminiscences written by various authors who, with wisdom and the benefit of hindsight, offer us personal insight into their rebellious attitudes towards their mothers, fathers and cultures.’ Book Muster Down Under

‘The essays are all extremely well written, engaging, and evocative.’ Her Canberra

 RDMaria and I are trying to pose as rebellious daughters. But what do they look like?

This anthology attracted a lot of media with appearances by me, Maria and our contributors on such media outlets as: Channel 10 TV, several programs on Radio National, on Joy FM and community radio stations, and with extracts in Women’s Weekly, Good Weekend, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and SBS . Here are some selected extracts and media interviews:

Book extract by me in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Book extract by Susan Wyndham in Good Weekend

Radio interview with Maria Katsonis & me on RN Drive

Radio interview with Michelle Law & Krissy Kneen on RN Life Matters

Radio interview with Clementine Ford, Maria Katsonis & me on RN Conversation Hour

Radio interview with me on Published Or Not, 3CR

Radio interview with Nicola Redhouse & me on J-Air

Unladylike Podcast interview with Silvia Kwon & me