Grace Tame announces she’s written her memoir with cover she illustrated


Grace Tame announces she’s written her memoir with a cover featuring a self-portrait she drew using a ‘$1 pen from Woolies’

  • Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has announced her autobiography 
  • The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner features cover artwork hand-drawn by Tame 
  • Tame said she created the picture using ‘a cheapo $1 ballpoint pen from Woolies’
  • The book will be released September 27 with hardcover copies selling at $49.99 

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has shared the unique cover of her autobiography that she said she drew using a ‘cheapo $1 pen from Woolies’.

Tame announced the book, titled: The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner, is set to be released on September 27.

However it was Tame’s impressive drawing skills that blew her followers away.

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has announced the release date of her autobiography: The Ninth life of a Diamond Miner (above) which features artwork drawn by Tame

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame has announced the release date of her autobiography: The Ninth life of a Diamond Miner (above) which features artwork drawn by Tame

‘I’ve also illustrated the cover, using a cheapo $1 ballpoint pen from Woolies,’ Tame wrote in the announcement.

The intricate drawing features two self-portraits of Tame surrounded by a woven network of plants and animals including mushrooms, spiders, wolves, a skull, and vines.

‘Go on, I’m ready for the two-headed Tasmanian jokes,’ she joked.

Tame (above) said she drew the intricate art on the cover of her new book with a 'cheapo $1 ballpoint pen from Woolies'

Tame (above) said she drew the intricate art on the cover of her new book with a ‘cheapo $1 ballpoint pen from Woolies’

 ‘GRACE! You drew that????’ Australian comedian Kirsty Webeck responded underneath the post announcing the publication.

‘You can get more out of a $1 biro than I can get out of an iPhone camera,’ one person said.

‘Puts my stick figure drawings to shame,’ another wrote.

Fellow activist Georgie Dent also shared her support for Tame’s new book.

The unique drawing (above) features two self-portraits of Tame surrounded by a woven network of plants and animals including mushrooms, spiders, wolves, a skull, and vines

The unique drawing (above) features two self-portraits of Tame surrounded by a woven network of plants and animals including mushrooms, spiders, wolves, a skull, and vines

‘I can’t begin to imagine the grief, trauma & heartache this project exacted from a young woman during an extraordinarily difficult chapter,’ she said.

‘I have no doubt it’s a book that will change lives.’

The autobiography follows Tame through her childhood experiences of suffering and exposing her sexual abuse all the way through to her work as an activist and 2021 Australian of the Year.

Tame's book describes how she found her 'voice' as a child speaking out against sexual abuse and her time as an advocate and the 2021 Australian of the Year

Tame’s book describes how she found her ‘voice’ as a child speaking out against sexual abuse and her time as an advocate and the 2021 Australian of the Year

‘In 2021 Grace stepped squarely into the public eye as the Australian of the Year, and was the catalyst for a tidal wave of conversation and action,’ the book’s description reads.

‘Australians from all walks of life were inspired and moved by her fire and passion. Here she was using her voice, and encouraging others to use theirs too. 

‘The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner is Grace’s story, in Grace’s words, on Grace’s terms. Like Grace, it is sharply intelligent, deeply felt and often blisteringly funny.’

The hardcover copy of the book is expected to sell for $49.99 and the ebook for $12.99.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted publisher Pan Macmillan Australia for comment. 

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