I got my first NetGalley review for my memoir and it was a bit ouchy. I hesitated about sharing it, but I want to share the whole journey of publication, and I'm so grateful that this reviewer chose my book to download, read and review. If you're interested in reviewing here's the link or in my bio. https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/291982
Things Nobody Knows But Me audiobook review copies available on NetGalley. You can get a free account and request to review it. So excited and so, so nervous putting myself out there. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
‘Brave, compassionate, searingly honest and funny, this is a memoir in a voice like no other. Amra Pajalić’s love letter to her mother is a book that grabs at your heart and doesn’t let go until the final page.’ ALICE PUNG At sixteen Amra ends up in the school counsellor’s office and finally uncovers the malady that has dogged her mother: bipolar disorder. Amra learns the extraordinary story of her mother’s life: at fifteen years old Fatima found herself in an arranged marriage. By sixteen she was a migrant, a mother, and mental patient. Limited time audiobook price $2.99. Buy direct and support my small business. Also available as ebook and paperback.
.... there's humour and irony here, such as playful echoes of Jane Austen. The Age
...gritty, poignant and at-times humorous book... Weekly Times
Just taking a moment to celebrate the good things:
Gratitude to my students who gave me such lovely results in a school survey. I was so nervous as I'd only taught them three weeks after returning from leave, and I'd just given one class back their assignments and quite a few were disappointed with their grades, so I expected them to give me low scores. I misjudged their integrity and was so happily surprised by their endorsement of my teaching.
I've had sales of my memoir audiobook through my shop and am so grateful to everyone who bought it. This one feels even more personal as I narrated my audiobook and it was quite emotional, and I feel so vulnerable in putting myself out there.
Submitted another SBS Voices article today and am so grateful the editors who supported me in finding my voice.
To all the participants who attended my presentation through the Wyndham library tonight. I love being able to present to emerging writers and help them get a foot up in publishing. Good luck to all entrants and you should check out their competition for poetry, short stories and flash fiction.
media release: Acclaimed Memoir "Things Nobody Knows But Me" by Amra Pajalic Now Available as Audiobook, Narrated by the Author
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Acclaimed Memoir "Things Nobody Knows But Me" by Amra Pajalic Now Available as Audiobook, Narrated by the Author
[Melbourne, 20/05/23] - The highly anticipated audiobook edition of "Things Nobody Knows But Me," the critically acclaimed memoir by Amra Pajalic, is now available for listeners worldwide. Bringing a unique and intimate touch to the narration, Amra Pajalic herself lends her captivating voice to this powerful and deeply personal story.
Published by Pishukin Press "Things Nobody Knows But Me" is an extraordinary memoir that delves into the depths of Pajalic's life, offering a raw and unfiltered account of her experiences being parented by a mother who suffers from bipolar. Weaving between her childhood in Australia and living in Bosnia, Pajalic navigates themes of identity, belonging, mental health, and the complexities of family relationships.
Pajalic's decision to narrate the audiobook adds an additional layer of authenticity and emotion to the already powerful storytelling. As the author, Pajalic intimately understands the nuances and emotions that permeate every page of her memoir. By taking on the role of the narrator, she immerses listeners in her unique perspective, allowing them to fully connect with her story and its profound impact.
"I am thrilled to be able to narrate the audiobook version of 'Things Nobody Knows But Me,'" said Amra Pajalic. "This memoir is honouring my mother’s life and, and I believe that by sharing my own voice, listeners will experience an even more intimate insight into the story of my relationship with my mother and the impact of her Bipolar. I hope that through the audiobook, I can reach a wider audience and help demystify the stigma of mental illness in Non-English Speaking Communities."
The audiobook edition of "Things Nobody Knows But Me" is available on popular audiobook platforms, including Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Listeners can now immerse themselves in Pajalic's evocative storytelling and witness her journey unfold with all the raw emotions, vulnerability, and resilience that have captivated readers worldwide.
About Amra Pajalic: Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage. Pajalic's work has been published extensively, and her writing has been featured in various literary journals like Meanjin and Overland, anthologies, and newspapers The Age and The Guardian. Her memoir, "Things Nobody Knows But Me," has garnered critical acclaim for its poignant exploration of identity and the impact of trauma and was shortlisted for the 2020 National Biography Award. She won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Civic Choice Award for her debut novel re-released as Sabiha's Dilemma (Pishukin Press, 2022). The anthology she co-edited, Growing up Muslim in Australia (Allen and Unwin, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 Children's Book Council of the year awards.
For press inquiries, please contact: Amra Pajalic, email@example.com,
I love writing memoir and hearing from readers who connected with my writing. Here is a response from a reader to my essay titled St Albans in Meanjin. I included the cover, cropping myself out, except for my hand which is kind of floating in space there. I asked permission from Kath to share this response. Thank you.
I love this photo of me and Mum. The year is 1977 and I am only a few months old. The background exemplifies the 1970s so well. Her face shows a mix of trepidation and happiness. She had my sister during her first marriage and motherhood was interrupted by her postnatal psychosis and she gave up custody to her first husband when they divorced. I was her second chance at motherhood and there is a certain sense of fate in the sense that my sister and I have birthdays that are only one day apart. Motherhood was bumpy for her because of her mental illness and she did the best she could with what she had. Our bond was fractured and forged a hundred times over, but love was always there. She's been gone now for three years and my grief is constantly ebbing and flowing. I'm grateful that I had the time I had with her. Miss you every day Mum. Happy Mother's Day. I am grateful I get to share this day with my beautiful daughter who is the balm that soothes my pain.
At sixteen Amra ends up in the school counsellor’s office and finally uncovers the malady that has dogged her mother: bipolar disorder. Amra learns the extraordinary story of her mother’s life: at fifteen years old Fatima found herself in an arranged marriage. By sixteen she was a migrant, a mother, and mental patient.
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Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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