The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner. A Memoir


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Grace Tame has never walked on middle ground. From a young age, her life was defined by uncertainty – by trauma and strength, sadness and hope, terrible lows and wondrous highs. As a teenager she found the courage to speak up after experiencing awful and ongoing child sexual abuse. This fight to find her voice would not be her last.

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. Australians from all walks of life were inspired and moved by her fire and passion. 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. Here she returns, again and again, to the things that have driven and saved her: love, connection and radical, unwavering honesty. Like Grace, this book is sharply intelligent, deeply felt, wildly unexpected and often blisteringly funny. And, as with all her work, it offers a constructive and optimistic vision for a better future for all of us.


  • The Diamond Miner
  • Princess Buildings Parade
  • The Matriarchy
  • Mothering over Othering and Smothering
  • The Cliffs Edge
  • Chalk and Cheese and Charcoal
  • A Real Cambridge Education
  • Free to be with Dom
  • Spread you Wings
  • Bidgood Boys and Big Goodbyes
  • I Do Voices
  • The Misfits
  • Beatniks and Refried Beans
  • The Rock Spider
  • Trauma Bonds
  • Raw Red Whitewashed Blues
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Max
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgements
  • The Grace Tame Foundation
  • Resources

Author Bio:

Grace Tame is an Australian activist and advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She was named 2021 Australian of the Year.