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Finn has felt unhappy with her looks since she was a child...

Her brothers' hand-me-down clothes and cheap, ugly possessions set her apart from all of the other little girls she knew.

Instead of frilly pink dresses and sparkling white socks, she had shorts and jackets made out of old curtains.

As an adult, Finn has hidden her disgraceful and embarrassing body behind a succession of overly large clothing, promising she'll lose ten more pounds and finally fit into that size 14... but constantly sneaking choccies into her pockets to gorge on in private.

If only she were beautiful and sexy, she thinks, she would finally find the happiness she so desperately craves - a happiness, or lack thereof, that she believes is linked directly to her disappointing chest size.

Blaming her dysfunctional childhood, failed relationships, and poor job prospects for her lacklustre image and inability to get ahead in life, Finn decides that the only way to turn things around and make her life one worth living is to go under the knife... and finally get the 36C body she's always dreamed of.

Despite the reassuring words of her friends and co-workers that there is nothing wrong with who she already is, Finn is determined to have the surgery.

In doing so, she is succumbing to a societal preoccupation with beauty and looks that has convinced her that as long as she remains the way she is, she'll never be able to live her life to the fullest.

Post-operative Finn's life changes dramatically - but is it all she imagined it would be?

Praise for Catherine Barry

'Rich with Irish humour and universal truths, Skin Deep cuts through the world's outer shell to reveal real, flawed people you care about' - Cathy Kelly

Catherine Barry was born in 1963 and grew up in a home in which the love of books was encouraged. She began keeping a diary when she was six. Her first novel, The House That Jack Built , was published in 2001, followed by Null & Void in 2002, with her first nonfiction title, Charlie & Me , published in 2011. She lives in Dublin.

Used availability for Catherine Barry's Skin Deep

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Hardback Editions

June 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: Skin Deep (Ulverscroft Large Print)
Author(s): Catherine Barry
ISBN: 1-84617-322-1 / 978-1-84617-322-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : Paperback
Title: Skin Deep
Author(s): Catherine Barry
ISBN: 1-5374-1227-2 / 978-1-5374-1227-6
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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November 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Skin Deep
Author(s): Catherine Barry
ISBN: 0-7434-9221-8 / 978-0-7434-9221-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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September 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Skin Deep
Author(s): Catherine Barry
ISBN: 1-903650-56-9 / 978-1-903650-56-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: TownHouse/Pocket Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Skin Deep
Author(s): Catherine Barry
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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