Not Quite Ripe: A Memoir
"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.