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Eggshell Skull

By: Bri Lee
Narrated by: Bri Lee
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Eggshell Skull: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.   

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done? Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.   

This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.  

Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

©2018 Bri Lee (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A moving listen

This was a very compelling and moving book, particularly when heard in the author’s own voice. An important insight into the experiences of victims/survivors and the Australian judicial system.

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Changed my life

Listening and reading this book brought so much light and darkness into my life. Many of my friends had experiences like written in these pages. It was not untill after this book I got a glimpse into the pain they experience. I was moved to tears by the courage displayed to share this Brisbane story. We all stand with you Bre.

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Phenomenal

I can not recommend this book more highly. Bri navigates highly traumatic content in a raw and powerful way. My tears started in chapter 3 and continued until the end. Every woman will find a relatable moment in what she has written and whilst none of us want to be alone in our abuse, it’s a tragic indictment of the patriarchal culture we find ourselves surrounded by. This is one of the best books of 2018. Thank you Bri. I hope this opens the door for more women to stand up, speak out and hold abusers accountable.

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Life changing

I'm almost too overwhelmed by the power of this book to try describe it. Just do yourself a favour, and read it.

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everyone must read this

essential reading for every single person in my opinion. eye opening for descriptions of the justice system from inside the beast, and helps one to understand what a victim of child abuse goes through both internally and externally when coming forward. written brilliantly and so gripping, I could not pull myself away! brie lee is amazing.

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Raw & tough & courageous.

The author’s experience of the criminal justice system as worker in the District Court exposed to child sex abuse cases day in & day out & then her experience as the Complainant from beginning to end. We see the District Court as factory. Her journey as complainant is the real story here. The re-traumatization of the complainant happens over and over again. If Governments cared about the treatment of victims by the criminal justice system then the book would become a guide about what needs to change to recognize their humanity and minimize their suffering as a consequence of the process. It is an indictment of the criminal justice system’s treatment of victims.

The book was all the more powerful narrated as it was by the author, the complainant herself. Her voice itself was a performance. It reflected the broad sweep of her emotions, her youth, her strength, courage and triumphs over 3 years. At times it was very painful to listen. I had to stop listening at times and return later.

Bri, you are heroic.

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Mind Blown

it is so flipping amazing that Bri has managed to write into words the exact feelings and thoughts of anyone whose been abused. Enjoyed this so much.

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Heartbreaking and Powerful

Finishing this book in the car on the way home meant I was sobbing as I drove through the front gate. This book made me feel outraged and heartbroken and empowered, often within the same chapter. I am so so glad Lee narrated this, as it made it so much more moving to listen to. I wish her many joyous and fulfilling years ahead.

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very brave

This is an eye opening book. Very intense at times. A brave and raw story.

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Brilliant reading of an amazing story!

This memoir was amazing, what an amazing woman! So smart, so strong and so determined for justice! Inspiring stuff! The story was sometimes harrowing but hearing the author's words in her own voice, with her authentic laughter and tears, adds a unique tone to her story.