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Fragile - The true story of my lifelong battle with anorexia [Kindle Edition]

Nikki Grahame
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Today, I look forward to a future where anorexia's voice will be silenced, where I can simply be Nikki Grahame and not be defined or controlled by my illness.' Say the name Nikki Grahame and most people will remember the bubbly, highly strung and hugely entertaining Big Brother 7 contestant. Since leaving the Big Brother house, she has forged a successful career for herself in presenting and writing. Yet Nikki isn't just another reality television contestant and her life story is not like any other you will ever read. From the age of eight until she was nineteen Nikki battled anorexia nervosa but few cases have been quite as extreme as hers. This compelling book tells the story of her incredible journey and has been revised to include Nikki's ongoing struggle with anorexia. Aged just eight and weighing just under three stone, Nikki was diagnosed as anorexic. For the next eight years, she was in and out of institutions - eleven in total - during which time she attempted suicide twice and had to be sedated up to four times a day so that she could be force-fed. At one point, she was sedated for fourteen days while doctors sewed a tube into her stomach, through which she was fed to get her weight out of the critical range. The lengths that she went to in order to avoid eating and find ways to exercise excessively shocked doctors who have worked in the field for years. As Nikki says, 'I've always wanted to be the best at everything I do, so I had to be the best anorexic - and I was.' With searing honesty, Nikki recounts her long and painful road to recovery, how she has had to come to terms with the long-term ramification of her illness, how she uses her new-found fame topromote awareness of eating disorders and to help those who are suffering from similar problems.

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About the Author

Nikki Grahame is the author of the book "Fragile: The True Story of my Lifelong Battle with Anorexia." Between eight and nineteen years old, Nikki was in and out of hospitals and institutions as she battled with anorexia nervosa. At one point, her weight was so dangerously low that she went into a coma; one of the doctors treating her said that hers was the worst case of anorexia he had seen in 32 years. Although she will never be "cured" of the illness, Nikki made the decision that she wanted to live her life again and has not looked back since. Her time as a contestant in Big Brother 7 made her a household name and, since leaving the house, Nikki has established a career in the media. She has written columns for OK!, the Sun and More magazine and has been a presenter on Big Brother spin-off BBLB. Nikki devotes a lot of her spare time to increasing awareness of eating disorders and hopes that by sharing her life story, she will help others who fall victim.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voice of anorexia still there. 15 July 2012
By amy
Format:Kindle Edition
I want to stress firstly, and other reviews I've read say the same, that this book may be triggering for anorexic people still in recovery so I wouldn't recommend if you think you may be vulnerable. She retells her fight with a degree of pride and competitvess, common in severe anorexia. For someone not suffering from the illness though it offers a valuable insight into an illness that is often very misunderstood.
Nikki tells her tale very well and explains the unfolding of her illness in a very thought-provoking way. Parts were shocking and deeply saddening, particularly surrounding her family. I would have liked the book to have been a little more introspective but perhaps this is why Nikki's recovery was so hard as she explains in the book how she was unwilling to cooperate in the introspective, psychological part of her treatment. After all anorexia nervosa is a mental illiness.
Overall this is a great book to raise awareness. The epilogue at the end highlights the severe and inescapable hold anorexia has and I very much admire Nikki Grahame for being brave and determined enough to write this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fragile 11 Aug. 2012
By Ceriane
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Really interesting book, couldn't put it down...I would never have imagined Nikki Grahame to have gone through what she has over those 11 years of her life, and the aftermath of it...Gives a good insight into the world of anorexia, which is something I knew very little about before this if I'm honest...only knowing how it is portrayed in the media, it was interesting to hear what it is actually like for a sufferer. Nikki has done amazingly in her recovery from this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all anorexics behave this way 14 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It is great that Nicki has been so honest in her struggle with this terrible illness, but I just wanted to say that this is ONE persons struggle with Anorexia, NOT the way that every anorexic behaves. In over 25 years of admissions to eating disorder units, I can honestly say that I have never seen another patient hit her parents or demand so much from their family, and only 2-3 that have tried to hit back at staff. There is alot of self-destruction but generally the anger is directed inwardly (through self harm etc) rather than externally. Also, while there is always a small group that 'compete' most patients actually try to support each other, and help each other move forward. I wish Nicki all the luck in the world, but wish she hadnt made it seem like all anorexics act the same way as her, as it is just not true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping.... 2 Feb. 2013
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I only read this as it was 99p......but it truly gripped me, I never realised the depth of Nikki Grahame"s addictions, this was an honestly told account of those addictions and how she has and continues to fight them, truly shocking at times, but eye opening
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who she is 10 Feb. 2013
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This is an honest and open book. There are no holes barred and Nikki is clearly aware of how she appears to the public. Yes she is weirder than most but I like her. I really like her.

The only thing is that I think the publisher should be clearer that, new title or not, the new edition only has a few additional pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable 10 Feb. 2013
By irenich
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From someone who loves food (but not overweight) I found this book so unforgettable that I must read it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fragile Review 4 Jan. 2013
By Avis1
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all i do commend Nikki for writing this as it must and clearly has awoken some skeletons which is likely for anyone who has or is going through such ordeal.
For me the book was constantly gripping and i could not put it down literally and read it within one evening but there were a few things that i would say in the review about it - for one the repetition side of things is inevitable but in comparison to other books (such as Wasted by Marya Hornbacker which is a fantastic book i have re-read so many times) it is a bit of a pattern which is how i feel the book was designed to read but for me it just repeated itself a few too many times - certain phrases or points but thats probably personal opinion.
Secondly, as someone who developed anorexia over 10 years ago (mostly recovered now) i felt a lot of connection with Nikki through her book and yet also a bit dismayed in a way with her description of the young people she was around in treatment - the terms of which i found highly offensive myself, classing them as 'nutters' etc. i found to be a naive and upsetting 'branded' comment but at that age i can understand to an extend why she felt this way however it wasn't something i was enjoying to read if i am honest.
I think the way that Nikki has add the Epilogue was a very brave and excellent idea and does show people it isn't just a condition where you one day WANT to get better you do tend to relapse and it is something that seems to taunt you for the rest of your life which is such a good depiction where she shows this for anyone who does or does not have an eating disorder as with these books it is easy for people who don't have much understanding to suddenly think this one account IS an eating disorder across everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nikki grahame 22 Dec. 2012
By Lauren
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Dont think this book is really going help people they way she talks about people that she was in hospital with is terrible they needed help just like her she is still battling anorexia to this day so writing a book to tell people how to be best at being anorexia is not my kind of book it should be to help people
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars like how she ripped feeding tubes from her with force
I am full of admiration for Nikki. Her childhood was robbed from her by this cruel illness. Parts of her story are almost too traumatic to read, like how she ripped feeding tubes... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cherry
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Have read better and I feel that some parts were fabricated.
Published 2 months ago by callum shaw`
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping book
Very sad to see how a fun loving talented girl gets in the grip of anorexia nervosa and how it destroys her life.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. P. M. M. Arnott-wissink
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant read
Published 3 months ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars True Words
A revealing account of one of the most dangerous life choices. A very brave girl who deserves more than she believes x
Published 4 months ago by rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant read
Published 4 months ago by Tiffany B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book, now I understand a lot more about the illness Anorexia. Thanks for sharing Nikki
Published 5 months ago by Joolz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really interesting life story including her battle with eating disorders.
Published 5 months ago by Annie Brewster
3.0 out of 5 stars insightful
having struggled with eatting disorders for years this was an interesting read. not the best book but worth a read.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. Sabrina Stobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book and a most read
Published 6 months ago by Laura
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