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The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole

The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole [Kindle Edition]

David Jester
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Description

The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole is the memoir of David Jester: a child with Tourette’s Syndrome, a young teenager with depression and an adolescent addicted to drugs and alcohol.

A humorous autobiography charting 11 difficult years, beginning with his first tic aged 7 and spanning an adolescence of addiction, illness and self destruction. A dark and funny memoir that chronicles a wide range of difficult experiences including Tourette's Syndrome, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dystonia, drugs (dealing and using) suicide attempts and a stay in a psychiatric hospital.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Compulsion Books; 1st edition (8 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NQO2TW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Jester is the pseudonym of a novelist and short story writer living in the North East of England. Author of several comedy and horror titles including the best selling comedy An Idiot in Love and the Forever After series.

To learn more about David contact him via Twitter (@DavidJester) find him on Facebook or sign up for his newsletter ( to receive regular updates about free promotions, new releases and works in progress.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
While reading this book I experienced various feelings and emotions. It is very well-written, but the message it conveys goes beyond that; it is personal, educational and very funny! It was also a very pleasant read, mainly due to the fact that the author's sense of humour happened to be very similar to mine. I personally did not know many things about Tourettes syndrome and, like many of us, I always thought it was an illness involving the use of random swearing words, fully ignorant of the countless variations of the condition etc. Young David takes us through his experience and almost "de-demonises" the illness by presenting it as a funny - albeit slightly awkward - "itch", nothing more, nothing less... just something that just happens. In this amazingly funny and interesting book, the author does what he set out to do... which was draw the "line" on common misconceptions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and compelling 10 Nov 2012
By Jack D
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This is easily one of the best books I've read this year and I was fortunate to come across this author. It was very engaging from the first page and reading the well-written accounts of his school days made me feel very nostalgic to my own primary school years - I even had a rabbit called Snowy! It is very honest, thought-provoking and laced with well-placed humour throughout. Despite its length, it didn't take me long to finish it because I found myself whizzing through the chapters eager to find out what would happen next and I was never bored once. I can highly recommend this novel and I look forward to more from David. Fantastic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read! 20 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very witty, easy to read book. It is well-written and it kept me good company for the short length of time I was reading it for. I do not have any personal experience with the issue described, but the book gave me a light and in-depth view of it. Simply a brilliant read.The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 14 Jun 2013
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Probably one of the best non-fics I've read in years. Brutally honest and laugh out loud funny, even though the subject of addiction is no laughing matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into mental health issues 7 Jun 2013
By timB
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This is one of the most interesting autobiographies I've ever read. The author, David Jester, takes us through his trials and tribulations as he comes to terms with his all too real problems. This book has no feel good ending or invitations to self help. It's simply the story of a troubled young man who struggles throughout the book with his own demons.
Jester seems to have a talent for getting the story down quickly, and this brutally honest work displays this in all its unglamorous glory. The language he uses is realistic and uncomplicated, and often darkly humorous (love the story of the bag full of dead rabbits!).
David Jester is clearly a talented writer, and I wish him well in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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No wonder this memoir by David Jester has attracted such glowing praise. It isn't just honest, it's searingly honest. The author isn't afraid to bare his soul, telling us in unflinching detail of his struggle, between the ages of 7 and 18, with Tourette's, mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction. In the end, he is diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological disorder where muscle contractions give rise to twisting movements or abnormal postures. Against that tough background, he regularly shuns social contact, prefers his pet rabbit to local friends and finds every excuse not to attend school.
It is to David Jester's enormous credit that he paints this dark picture with self-effacing humour and generous dollops of irony. We feel sad that he has had to face such testing challenges to his physical and mental welfare but his wit constantly uplifts us and, somehow, we feel sure he will come through in the end.
For me, as a fellow writer, it is especially heart-warming to read that his eventual redemption comes through his gift for writing. Just when he is at his lowest ebb, his creative talent lifts him and gives him a compelling reason to break his cycle of misfortune and self-destruction.
"The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole" is poignant, touching and richly endowed with humanity and wit. I cannot commend it too highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 3 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent book, very funny in some parts, touching in others. It really takes you on a young mans journey. Perhaps in some ways it can make us all understand a little better that not all "naughtiness" as we percieve it is just that, maybe if we try to get to the cause of the trouble or problems that a young person is having then we wouldn't be so quick to brand them naughty.
I think this book is a must read for parents, I'm not saying every child has any of these problems but it is a good reminder to be watchful of any signs our children may display that are not normal to them, also never be fobbed off by the medical world if you think that something is wrong then keep pushing for answers. After all this child wanted answers even in the early days he just didn't know how to ask the questions.
Also I think anyone suffering any of the problems this child/teen had will perhaps be shown that you can get through it and come out the otherside stronger and live the life you want, be who you want to be.
On a lighter note it is just a very good read for anyone teens upward.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It does not stick in my memory so i guess it did not do it for me.
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. J. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars The line the itch and the rabbit hole
A fantastic book, really hard to put down. Felt very humbled to be allowed into David's life. A remarkable man.
Published 8 months ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole
Brilliant read, I enjoyed this book from start to finish. purchased the "Grastik's Plastic Princess" in anticipation of the the talent of Mr David Jester.
Published 13 months ago by chalkiethecat
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read
Really enjoyed this is funny, sad, inspirational and educational. Before reading this book I had stereotypical view of Terrets....... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Doris
3.0 out of 5 stars this might be a bit harsh
It is more a book on how alcohol and drugs are used to avoid life, that may be a bit harsh though
Published 15 months ago by a woman on a mission
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
It was interesting to read abut a male perspective on borderline personality disorder. I found it quite insightful into the different ways borderline can present itself. Read more
Published 15 months ago by violet
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for David Jester
A superb, warts and all memoir. What a brilliant insight into mental illness, addiction and social awkwardness. I can't wait to read more of David Jester's books.
Published 16 months ago by Donna Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest read
I was a little intimidated when I first saw the page count. It is quite lengthy but it is a quick read. There are many short paragraphs which I appreciate. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David Wolstenholm
5.0 out of 5 stars A claustrophobic and noisey autobiography
David Jester tells his own story here in an honest and analytical way. He's neither self-effacing or vulgar in his portrayal of his life, filled as it is with undiagnosed... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read
I continue to enjoy and be impressed by this author and his writing. Well written, interesting and funny, this book is well worth a read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steve
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