This is a story about life and death, a memoir based on a part of my history about which I never imagined writing. But loss has driven me to try to find answers in what remains, to airlift myself to a place that serves me better than helplessness and misery. To reach out. This is my love letter to what lives on beyond the devastation.
The child of Greek immigrants and raised in Collingwood and Doncaster, Mary Coustas grew up to become one of Australia’s best loved television actresses, particularly for her portrayal of Effie in Acropolis Now. Now, in her autobiographical book, she shows another side from her funny girl image.
All I Know shares Coustas’ life story, with a focus on the loss of her much-loved father, and her attempts to fall pregnant after meeting the love of her life, George. Coustas is honest and open,at times funny and often rawly heartbreaking.
Fans of Coustas will love the chance to get to know her more intimately, and those who have struggled with infertility may find hope in her story.
All I Know, by Mary Coustas
Allen & Unwin, 2014
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