Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir

December 4, 2020
Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir

I was born into a world that expected very little of women likeme. We were meant to tread lightly on the earth, influencing eventsthrough our husbands and children, if at all. We were meant to fadeinto invisibility as we aged. I defied all of these expectationsand so have millions of women like me.'This is the compelling story of Anne Summers' extraordinarylife. Her story has her travelling around the world as she movesfrom job to job, in newspapers and magazines, advising primeministers, leading feminist debates, writing memorable andinfluential books. Anne has not been afraid to walk away fromsuccess and to satisfy her constant restlessness by charging downnew and risky paths. Whatever position she has held, she hasexpanded what's possible and helped us see things differently-oftenat high personal cost.Anne shares revealing stories about the famous and powerfulpeople she has worked with or reported on and is refreshingly frankabout her own anxieties and mistakes. She shares a heart-breakingstory of family violence and tells of her ultimate reconciliationwith the father who had rejected her. Unfettered and Aliveis a provocative and inspiring memoir from someone who brokethrough so many boundaries to show what women can do.'It's the story of a lot of things - Australian politics,feminism, journalism, international intrigue - but most of all it'sthe story of an utterly singular woman, who always says "Yes" tolife even when it scares her. Her memory for the events, and herfrankness about the fear, make this an extraordinary memoir.' -Annabel Crabb'Exhilarating and what storytelling!' - QuentinBryce'The compelling memoir of a magnificent woman.' - DavidMarr