The Skin I'm In

Dispatches on 30/07/2024


A feisty, funny and poignant novel - about being 17; being Indigenous and navigating high school, cultural and personal expectations and responsibility - by proud Yidinji woman Steph Tisdell, writer, actor and one of the brightest stars of Australian comedy. Layla is in her final year of school. It's the last year to make sure that the next major phase of her life begins correctly because she's got big plans.All Layla wants to do is fit in and be a normal teenager but when her troubled cousin Marley comes to stay, he unwittingly challenges everything she thought she was. Plus she's trying to work out what it means to be Indigenous, she's falling in love and her best friend Amy has a new best friend. Steph Tisdell's words sparkle with humour, depth and authenticity in this extraordinary debut novel which explores cultural and personal expectations, and responsibilities.