Me­moir

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One Way or An­other Nikki McWat­ters, Black Inc, $29.95 Most of us keep tales of teenage fum­bling close to our chest. Not 46-year-old mother Nikki McWat­ters, whose col­lec­tion of bare-all sto­ries is big­ger than your av­er­age rock star’s ego. A groupie from the age of 15, McWat­ters grabbed the ’80s by its big hair in her quest to lose her vir­gin­ity to a mu­si­cian. In the com­pany of band­hunt­ing group the Vul­ture Club the re­bel­lious teen drags us through Gold Coast af­ter-par­ties, co­caine-fu­elled li­mou­sine rides and Sydney’s dark­est cor­ners. Her me­moir is a jour­ney of self-ef­fac­ing hu­mour and heart­break. It turns out self-ac­cep­tance comes from within, not from a jam-packed lit­tle black book or notches on the bed post. Katie Spain

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