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Good Girls Do Swallow: The Darkly Comic True Story of How One Woman Stopped Hating Her Body Paperback – 20 Sep 2001


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (20 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840184809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840184808
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brave, funny and comfortingly honest ... every woman will identify" -- Marian Keyes "Searingly honest and important ... in Good Girls Do Swallow many a true word is spoken ingest" -- Kathy Lette "Highly entertaining but deadly serious" -- Amy Jenkins "Good Girls Do Swallow is for any woman who's ever eaten chocolate and felt guilty about it, whether she is a size 8 or 16" Marie Claire "Honest and very amusing. A definite on your book shop list" Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Rachel Oakes-Ash is well-known radio and television personality in her native Australia. After her 'thirty is the new twenty' crisis, she began freelancing as a writer and has been published in Marie Claire, New Woman, Women's Health and the Sunday Telegraph. Rachel was awarded the Australia Council ASA Mentorship for 1999 for Good Girls Do Swallow.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ella on 5 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
A darkly comic look at the tragic world of eating disorders. Books on this subject often tend to lean towards melodrama, but Oakes-Ash writes in a less serious, lighter way, thst helps to make the words more accesible to the reader. Any woman who reads this, whether they have an eating disorder or not, will certaintly recognize aspects of their own personality in Rachael's story. The fact that Oakes suffered anorexia, bulimia and copulsive overeating means that the story fundementally covers all basis on the eating disorder spectrum, and provides a range of varied perspectives.
The most impressive aspect of the book is the sheer frankness of the author's writing. She is refreshingly honest, telling her story in graphic detail whilst resisting the urge to 'sugar-coat' her biography in order to make herself look better. It is this openness - this baring of the soul - that makes the reader immediately warm to Rachael, a factor which helps to make her words & her underlying message seem so much more genuine than the usual crop of 'Self-help' books that are dominating the market at the moment.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steph Salisbury on 9 Mar 2003
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This book tells it like it really is. Thank god Rachael had the guts to share her story. This is a fantastic book, I have read thousands of self help books on this topic and this is the first that I have related to. As a former bulimic and anorexic Rachael tells most girls stories between the pages of this brilliant book. It has truly changed my life to know I am not the only one who has stolen food or eaten till I was sick. A round of applause to Rachael Oakes-Ash - when's the next book, I can't wait!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 2002
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Am I really only allowed 5 stars?
a sufferer of anorexia and bulimia myself, I have read tons of books about the disease, most of them not helpful at all.
They all work the same way - sufferer comes to hospital, sufferer finds friend, friend dies of disease, sufferer recovers.
In the end, these books did not leave me feeling better about myself, more the opposite.
Rachael Oakes-Ash went through it all but did not need someone to die to show her the way out of disordered eating. She is not forced by a doctor to gain weight while every pound is a pain and confirms to me that only ultralight is the right weight.
No, Oakes-Ash is past that stage, she has grown up and out of it. When she realizes that the perfect body does not exist and happiness can never be achieved by weight loss and an ultra-thin figure she gives up dieting for good and grows back into her size 16 - and is proud of it! Especially the last chapter made me, a 14 myself, really feel good about myself!
It made me just wanting to buy this ultraskimpy top and finally show off my curves! Thanks you Rachael! You really did something for my confidence!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2003
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I thought this book was great, I have certainly been prone to some of this behaviour, and had the same thoughts, though thankfully not to the same extremes as Rachel. I actually found it quite a painful read, as I could identify with certain sections, and felt moved to tears.
Anyone who worries about their weight, and diets alot should read this as a warning, and hopefully keep some perspective
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov 2001
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Like a lot of women, Rachael Oakes-Ash has struggled with her weight for her entire life. Finally, in her mid-thirties, she has realised that she is not defined by the numbers on a scale and that food is neither a friend nor an enemy - it's just food. In a time when women are barraged with media images of celebrities who are so thin they barely exist, Rachael's honesty about her appetites is refreshing. The book is slightly over-long and some of the more experimental chapters (such as a her naive letters to God, which seem to continue well into her twenties) don't really work, but ultimately this is an encouraging book which reminds women that the 'lollipop' look (stick body, huge head) isn't natural or enviable.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Vourneen Ward on 10 Mar 2003
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I read this book in one captivated stretch on a flight from Sydney to Singapore only pausing as an extremely thin air hostess swooped to pick it up. .. much to my amusement\dismay she did not return it for 10 minutes.
This sharp, witty and poignant biography was a genuine eye opener. Rachael presents us with the spiraling basic mockery of self image and perception that is fundamental to every eating disorder... in her words; "The Perfect Body" - She delivers her excellent story in parallel to the speed at which we are bombarded by the media everyday to what we should aspire to look like.
My experiences of eating disorders are personally limited - from a very distant cousin who died of a heart attack after spending several years as a recovered bulimic to a college flat mate who spent her entire last 2 years in college hating herself and dieting, I did however find myself relating to situations in this book on countless occasions exposing to me the sneaky nature of any eating disorder. In my opinion this book works extremely well to expose the unnatural perception of what way too many of us aspire to be (Perfect Body) and need to recognize as a fallacy. The best part of the book is of course dispelling this myth, which in my opinion is done by Rachael both rationally and wonderfully.
A friend passed this book on to me and I have since read it twice and it will remain permanently on my bookshelf to be used as a reference at anytime.
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