Not Quite Ripe: A Memoir

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2008 - Depressed persons - 490 pages
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"A raw, powerful account of a strife-torn life" (Australian Women's Weekly)"It's hard to put this book down" (The Age)"Unsentimental and unsparing, making [Byrne's] bravery in writing such a revelatory memoir ultimately admirable." (The Courier Mail)Debra Byrne's life has been a roller-coaster ride of successes and adulation alongside scandal, drugs and depression. From her first showbiz triumphs on Young Talent Time, Debra's existence had a darker side. From childhood abuse to underage sex, from the destructive evil of cocaine and heroin addiction to the black depths of depression, Debra lurched from one personal disaster to another – all the while performing to an adoring public, both as a recording artist and in musical-theatre smashes such as Cats and Sunset Boulevard. But, above all, Debra is a survivor, and, despite everything, has raised three beautiful daughters and arrived at a place where she can, with total honesty, reflect on her astonishing life. Written with humour, passion, anguish and a natural flair for narrative, Not Quite Ripe is remarkable for its openness and arresting candour. There is only one Debra Byrne, and this is her story – unflinching, unforgettable and utterly unputdownable.

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I grew up with Young Talent Time and Debra was my favourite performer. A sad story about a talented person, who has survived and is still performing today. I loved this book! Read full review

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User Review  - Janine - Goodreads

I grew up with Young Talent Time and Debra was my favourite performer. A sad story about a talented person, who has survived and is still performing today. I loved this book! Read full review

About the author (2008)

Debra Byrne first came to widespread attention as one of the stars of Young Talent Time. She went on to have a successful recording and television career, in programs such as Farnham and Byrne, and established herself as a leading lady of stage musicals in Cats, Les Miserables and Sunset Boulevard.

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