Architecture of Narrative by Sydney Smith

The Architecture of Narrative

My new book The Architecture of Narrative (threekookaburras, 2014) is a revolutionary guide to plotting and structure for novelists.


The Lost Woman

The Lost Woman, a memoir (Text Publishing, 2012)

“An extraordinary memoir from a ferociously talented writer, The Lost Woman will mesmerise readers with its power and humanity.
When Sydney Smith was nine, she thought about killing herself because of her mother’s cruelty.
When she reached puberty, her mother sexually assaulted her—a pattern repeated over the years.
By the time Sydney was twenty, she believed there were cameras behind every mirror in the house, that her mother could read her mind, that anybody who looked at her could see the bloody fantasies of murder and mutilation which tormented her.
How to escape? How to survive?
Enthralling and disturbing, brave and elegantly written, The Lost Woman is that rare memoir: a story which, once read, will never be forgotten.”

Read the first chapter of The Lost Woman

You can download the first chapter of the The Lost Woman as a PDF here: LostWoman Chapter1

Buy The Lost Woman

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