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Description - Avalanche by Julia Leigh

At the age of 38 acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of hope. So started a long and costly undertaking of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries and rituals.

Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience- the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment; the grip of yearning and desire; the toll on her relationships; the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. Along the way she navigates the science of IVF; copes with the impact of treatment; and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion-dollar IVF industry with reality.

Avalanche is the book that's finally been written on IVF treatment- a courageous, compelling and ultimately wise account of a profoundly important and widespread experience. At the heart of this work is an exploration of who and how we love. It's a story we can all relate to - about the dreams we have, defeated or otherwise, for ourselves, our loves and relationships.

'Leigh's a star and this account of IVF has all her brilliant luminosity.' Chloe Hooper

'An astonishing and unflinching personal account of an IVF journey - fierce, touching and redemptive.' Jane Campion

'Deeply personal, insightful and raw - Julia Leigh's story of her desire for a baby is beautifully told. I didn't want to put this brave book down for a second.' Sofie Laguna

'A brave, rare insight into the very private, often lonely experience of trying to have a baby with assisted reproduction.' Katrina Strickland, Australian Financial Review Magazine

'In spare, scalpel-sharp prose, Leigh describes the intersection of primal desire and wildly inexact science ... While much has been written about infertility, Leigh's memoir stands out because of her raw honesty and canny eye for the absurd.' Oprah.com, The Best Memoirs of 2016

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781926428758
ISBN-10: 1926428757
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publish Date: 2-May-2016
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Julia Leigh

Julia Leigh is the author of two internationally acclaimed and widely translated novels, The Hunter (1999) and Disquiet (2008). Her film Sleeping Beauty was nominated for the Palme D'Or at the Festival de Cannes 2011. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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