Private Party

Author(s): Veronica Coopman-Dewis


"When you've eaten

four vanilla slices

two lamingtons

three cherry ripes

half a kilo of cheese

half a loaf of bread

a bowl of ice cream


500 grams of yoghurt

in the space of two hours

you mist lie

on our left side

with your stomach

well supported

until the nausea stops

before you can eat

whatever else

is left in the house."


For Veronica, food has become more important than boys, books, or birthdays. But she knows things have gone too far when she is mugged by a peice of cake in her own kitchen.

Like a packet of Tim Tams waiting in the cupboard, Private Party is a special treat. It's naughty and its funny--resist if you can!


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Veronica Coopman-Dewis was born in Tailem Bend, South Australia in 1955. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 1978 and currently works as an eating disorders therapist.

Veronica has developed a unique education-based treatment for anorexic and bulimic clients which has been implemented in Adelaide. As a member of the board of the Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa Association of South Australia, she is active in education the community through seminars, workshops and the media.

She has previously published some poems in a British anthology and is currently working on several projects; planing a film about eating disorders, evaluating the in-patient therapy programs she developd, and writing a further and very different work about anorexia.

Veronica lives in Adelaide hills with her husband David and two children, Sophia and Jesse. She loves digging for fossils and escaping the city to travel with her long-distance truckie husband.

General Fields

  • : 1875274065
  • : March 1991
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 138
  • : English
  • : Veronica Coopman-Dewis