Steve Matthews' new book ‘The Skinny Girl’ shows domestic violence is not just about broken bones

Meet author, Steve Matthews next week at the Cessnock Library, as he talks about his book ‘The Skinny Girl.’ The thought-provoking novel about a victim of emotional abuse highlights how attitudes and values shape perceptions of what is acceptable in relationships. It looks at how culture contributes to domestic violence, and how stories of silence must be told.  

Meet author, Steve Matthews next week at the Cessnock Library, as he talks about his book ‘The Skinny Girl.’ The thought-provoking novel about a victim of emotional abuse highlights how attitudes and values shape perceptions of what is acceptable in relationships. It looks at how culture contributes to domestic violence, and how stories of silence must be told.  

‘The Skinny Girl’ features shy, petite Daisy Croucher. This suspenseful tale chronicles how Daisy lives in other people’s shadows and is practically invisible, even in her own family.  Matthews says that “Many people assume that victims of domestic violence and abuse are identified by their black eyes or broken arms. The Skinny Girl allows readers to walk a mile in Daisy’s shoes. The question is, can she step out of the shadows, value herself, and shine?”

Matthews is donating all proceeds from The Skinny Girl, in perpetuity, to the Homicide Victims Support Group and other organisations involved in similar work. 

What:               Meet the Author: Steve Matthews – ‘The Skinny Girl’  

When:              Thursday 18 July 5.30-6.45pm

Where:             Cessnock Library

This event is free with refreshments provided, but bookings are essential. Reserve your spot at libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au under ‘Events & Bookings’ or by calling Cessnock Library on 4993 4399

.About the Author: Steve Matthews was born in the UK in 1953 and migrated to Australia in 1985. At age 55, he sold his business interests to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to write. Since then, Steve’s acclaimed children’s books have been published in Australia, the UK, Canada, and the U.S. with his work in children’s literacy at home and abroad acknowledged in the Australian Parliament. The Skinny Girl is Steve’s first adult fiction novel. He now writes full time from a 90-year-old cottage on the grounds of a beautiful farm he shares with his wife Diane and a variety of animals outside Sydney.