Skip to product information
1 of 2

Bri Lee

Eggshell Skull

Regular price $32.99
Regular price Sale price $32.99
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.


Nib Literary Award; 2018; Australia; Short-listed


People's Choice Prize - Nib Literary Award; 2018; Australia; Winner


Best Non-Fiction; 2019; Australia; Short-listed


Indie Book Awards; 2019; Australia; Winner


People's Choice Award; 2019; Australia; Short-listed


Victorian Premier's Literary Awards; 2019; Australia; Winner


Non-Fiction Prize; 2019; Australia; Short-listed


Victorian Premier's Literary Awards; 2019; Australia; Long-listed


Biography Book of the Year; 2019; Australia; Short-listed


ABIA Awards; 2019; Australia; Winner

Author: Bri Lee

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 368

Imprint: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760295776

Publication Date: 23 May 2018