When the bravest thing you can do in life is to live it...
Collection 1: The Break Up Diaries
In June 2006, Diane Lee ended her relationship with a man she adored. He was a man she wanted to marry, a man she wanted to have children with, a man she wanted to grow old with. She loved him with all her heart but she ended it.
The 1st book documents the unravelling of this relationship, and Diane's struggle to salvage her life from the rubble.
Collection 2: Looking for Love
The 2nd book picks up two years after Diane Lee’s devastating break-up with the Italian. Keen to explore dating and new relationships, she finds that the new dating rules favour quick and dirty hook-ups over romance and intimacy.
Armed with the knowledge that her choice of men has everything to do with her toxic childhood, Diane bravely embarks on a journey of self-discovery that culminates in the realisation that love may not ever find her again.
Collection 3: Family Drama Ahead
Part memoir that lifts the lid on family drama, in the 3rd book, Diane Lee examines life as a single parent… a life very different to the one she envisaged with the Italian.
Acknowledging the impact of her own toxic family and damaged childhood has had on her life, Diane finally comes to terms with her flaws and celebrates her resilience as a motherless mother.
Collection 4: Working It Out
Part memoir, part analysis of workplace culture, the 4th book considers the world of work and the definition of career success. Diane acknowledges that her excellent education has heightened her sense of entitlement at work, but she also mourns her lack of career advancement.
She comes to an understanding that her honesty, forthrightness and propensity to bravely speak up when silence is the better option may not be the most sought after of qualities in the modern workplace, which is still a man’s world.
Collection 5: Social Issues
In the 5th book, Diane Lee considers a range of social issues. Part memoir, part social commentary, she contemplates how much the lottery of birth is a factor in determining the path we tread and, ultimately, our fate.
Diane ponders a world where social media reigns supreme, yet people rarely turn up to events on time, if at all. She provides thoughtful commentary on range of contemporary issues including micro-financing and why it's empowering for all concerned, why kids should be allowed to fail and why writing to an inmate on death row is an act of compassion.
Collection 6: Life Purpose
In the 6th book, Diane Lee comes to an understanding that life’s journey is not so much about the final destination, but one of personal discovery and a sum of the experiences we have along the way.
Diane acknowledges that self development, and ultimately happiness and contentment, comes from a hard won understanding about what makes us tick as individuals. And that life is unfair, beautiful, lucky and terrible... and to live it well takes courage and passion and curiosity.
What readers are saying:
Diane’s great strength as a writer, for me, is her approachability. She writes about many topics that we’ve all thought about, struggled with, obsessed over. ~ Laura
It is refreshing to read an author who does that and who approaches life with a sense of hiding nothing. Through her words, we feel we are life-long friends with Diane, getting together to catch up on life's cruel but fun journey. ~ Jen
Bonus book: The Secret Lives of Writers
In The Secret Lives of Writers, 13 writers reveal their secrets on how they juggle writing, creativity and the demands of life. Irrespective of where they live, they face the same challenges: time management, motivation and fuelling their creativity.