Eggshell Skull


A memoir of sexism in the Australian justice system, Eggshell Skull is Bri Lee's first book. It is available for sale everywhere good books are sold, so please support your local independent bookstore. 

The audiobook is narrated by the author, and is available via Audible Australia

Scorching, self-scouring: a young woman finds her steel and learns to wield it.
— Helen Garner

Winner of the 2018 Nib Award People’s Choice category, shortlisted for the 2019 VIctorian premier’s literary awards non-fiction, winner of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards “people’s choice” award.

Shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards and longlisted for the 2019 Stella prize.

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.

For information about Eggshell Skull please contact Head of Publicity at Allen & Unwin, Louise Cornege at louisec [at]

Courageous, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful
— Liam Pieper, author of 'The Toymaker'
A page-turner of a memoir, impossible to put down
— Krissy Kneen, author of 'An Uncertain Grace'
Brutal, brave and utterly compelling . . . I can’t remember a book I devoured with such intensity, nor one that moved me so profoundly.
— Rebecca Starford, author of 'Bad Behaviour' and co-founder of 'Kill Your Darlings'