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Mostly Cloudy With Some Bright Spells [Kindle Edition]

Juliette Wills
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Book Description

‘A well-written, incredibly sad and yet funny account of a subject that isn’t often talked about’ – Book of the Week, The Sun

As featured in The Mail On Sunday

‘I inadvertently introduced Victoria and David Beckham, stupidly turned down a date with a top Premiership footballer, talked to singing sensation Barry White about fish fingers and had a cup of tea with Darth Vader. I made an exhaust for Damon Hill's F1 car, fell in love in Las Vegas and travelled around America with a complete stranger. I married a Frenchman I barely knew and I’ve had my guts yanked out and my heart sewn up. Beat that!’

In 1999, Juliette Wills had a bright future as a journalist and broadcaster. One minute she’d be in Melbourne or Monaco covering the Grand Prix, the next interviewing footballers and pop stars. She’d just moved to the seaside, made friends with a seagull (yes, really) and spent her weekends dancing in rockabilly clubs in London.

Just a year later she was suddenly struck down by two debilitating, incurable illnesses: ankylosing spondylitis and ulcerative colitis. After undergoing traumatic, life-saving surgery and in so much pain she was unable to walk, Juliette lost everything - her career, her relationship and finally, her independence.

When in 2012 Juliette was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (a debilitating neuropathic condition) and scoliosis (painful curvature of the spine), she didn’t think things could get any worse. She was wrong; she has just been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. This particularly aggressive - and again incurable - bowel condition is the one disease Juliette had feared most; both she and her family are utterly devastated at the news.

Mostly Cloudy With Some Bright Spells is an incredible story of courage, determination, acceptance, love and above all else, hope. A real rollercoaster of emotions, her story is as hilarious as it is harrowing. Juliette is in constant, debilitating pain and her prognosis is bleak. Undaunted, she has turned her experiences and adventures into an inspiring, unique and surprisingly funny story which you won’t want to put down.

‘A brilliant read - honest, heartbreaking and hilarious’
‘Without doubt the most compelling book I have ever read’
‘Awesome – I thoroughly recommend this book’
‘Punchy, compellingly honest and thought-provoking’
‘I couldn’t put this down. You must read this book’
‘Harrowing and heartbreaking, astonishing and terrifying’

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Juliette Wills; 3 edition (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FZPS9G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Theresa
Format:Kindle Edition
As I'm sure she'd agree, Juliette has had a bit of a 'mental' life thus far. Her startlingly honest account of her battle against chronic illness is at turns heartbreaking, shocking and surprising humorous. So engrossing is it that I read it in its entirety in virtually one sitting (barring the irritating intrusions of having to answer the call of nature, the phone and the like...)

Her talent, courage, determination and humour can be matched only by her great taste in music!

I can't recommend this book highly it will be richer for having read it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having read countless books about chronic illness and pain, this is not only the first book I have come across where the author has the exact same illnesses as me (Ulcerative Colitis, Arthritis, AND fibromyalgia!!), but also actually understands what it's like to live (or rather exist...) with chronic pain and illness. Not only that but unlike the other books (generally written by medical professionals who haven't got a clue what it's like to have these illnesses) who preach to you about learning to 'manage your pain' (i.e. shut up and go away and stop annoying said medical professionals), Juliette actually says it how it is and what it feels like.
I also loved the writing style- instead of a boring dry textbook like most medical books, it was like a novel that I couldn't put down and read in one weekend (and that's saying something for someone with fibro fog!!)
It may not have the 'running a marathon' happy ending the publishers want, but writing this book and really reaching out to other suffers and making them feel like they're not the only person in the world to feel like this, is a far bigger achievement than that in my eyes anyhow....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Amy
Format:Kindle Edition
Fast paced, and PACKED with highs and lows all the way through. There's absolutely no time to feel bored; Juliette's rollercoaster of triumphs and downfalls is about as exciting as it gets. Pure ambition and determination have driven her this far; it's a true story of hope above all else.

LOVED the book, would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step Into Juliette's Unreal World 23 Nov. 2013
By Clare
Mostly Cloudy With Some Bright SpellsThis is a truly incredible book that I really could not put down!

I cannot believe that one person has endured what Juliette has been through. Her bravery and battle with her invisible illness is truly remarkable. Through her brilliant writing Juliette takes you with her on her painful journey, feeling like you are right there with her experiencing it and getting a very real understanding of how difficult, and at times, truly devastating life was.

I was properly moved by this book and cried from start to finish (sometimes in a good way!!!)

In the book, Juliette says she sent the manuscript to literary agents and they weren't interested as they thought the book needed a "happy ending". In Juliette's words,

"Chronic, debilitating illness is not curable, that you do not 'get better'. They clearly didn't understand the concept of it."

I totally agree with Juliette that there is no happy ending to give her a pain free life. However, out of her pain, suffering, life threatening operations, her bravery, her fighting spirit, her wit (and there is plenty of that!) and her lovely quirkiness (and there is a fair amount of that too!) she has come through to write an amazing book, that will hopefully inspire others, help others to understand and hopefully encourage compassion for invisible illnesses and I personally think that is an amazing 'happy ending'.

Great read, I was totally gripped and a real must on the Crimbo list xx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book - buy it! 28 Nov. 2013
By helen
I have just finished reading the updated version of Juliette's book. Like the previous reviewer, I couldn't put it down.
Juliette's story has it all - it really will make you laugh and cry. Her writing style is easy to read and she writes in an honest and open manner. While Juliette's illnesses are not 'visible', her story of living with invisible diseases is truly inspirational. How she manages to get through a day is incredible - things that many of us take for granted are monumental challenges for her and yet she does this without her book ever verging on 'misery memoir' territory. In fact, her writing made me laugh out loud in several places and not many writers manage that feat. Her story really does take the reader to some amazing places.
Juliette manages to convey the patient experience so brilliantly that this book should be compulsory reading for anyone working or training to work in healthcare.
I can't recommend this more highly than to say that everyone should buy this book - you won't regret it and it will probably change you (for the better).
Here's to you, Juliette, an amazing woman and a true star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a story! 9 Mar. 2012
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a sometimes harrowing, many times emotional, consistently entertaining and relentlessly hilarious account of one woman's battle with chronic illness, and the effect it has had on her life.

Juliette is an incredibly talented journalist and writer, who has managed to fight her way through daily pain and disability to showcase her talents across a variety of media. This book tells the story of her amazing career, and the heartbreak of having to deal with illnesses which have blighted her daily life, not to mention preventing her from moving on to even greater things.

From the tale of how she set up David and Victoria Beckham, to her harrowing accounts of the multiple serious operations which have led to her very nearly losing her life more than once, this book is a rollercoaster (an awful term to use but one which is wholly appropriate) of emotions and one which will make you laugh, cry, then probably cry with laughter.

Highly, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Fab book. I couldn't put it down. A real & honest account of what's it like to live with chronic illness. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Denise Fasulo
5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of a read you can't put down
A witty and no holds barred insight into not only one illness, but giving a true insight into the emotional side of living with all invisible illness. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sezmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Such honesty, such bravery
At long last, a first hand account of what it is like to live with an inflammatory bowel disease. I have an inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's) and Juliette has its sister disease... Read more
Published 15 days ago by mrs christine westhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic .......a MUST read!!
This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I just couldn't put it down. Juliette writes about her successful career as a sports journalist mixing with the rich and... Read more
Published 16 days ago by andrew george
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspiring book...You'll want to read it in one sitting!
A truly wonderful book that tells it as it really is when living with a chronic illness or in Juliette's case,many! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read! Would recommend it to anyone!
Published 18 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Would definitely recommend
Fabulous and inspiring author. Having colitis myself i found this book quite comforting and feeling as if i am not alone. Would definitely recommend xxx
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Natalie L Liversedge
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious, inspirational, heartwarming, tear-jerkingly brilliant...
Wow! What an amazing book. Throughout all the pain and disappointment (how on earth can one person cope with all that? Read more
Published 3 months ago by JanetMcB
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserving a VC
This is an amazing book Juliette
is an incredible person. I am always in pain but not on her scale her bravery makes my pain bearable.
She is also a good writer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. Da Sayed
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and utterly moving. If you read one book only in 2015 -...
This is a wonderful, inspiring and truly powerful book written by an incredibly strong, brave and courageous woman. Read more
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