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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285641271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285641273
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The blessed Jess Thom… who chose to embrace the condition, to be open, funny, frank, intelligent and enchantingly entertaining about it… Now she has been and gone and done and written this charming, touching and valuable book. --Stephen Fry

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Jess has written for the Guardian on disability issues, and appeared in many TV and radio interviews. She was one of the most engaging contributors to Stephen Fry s Planet Word.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kath1973 on 3 Oct. 2012
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What an amazing read, bought this for Kindle and started reading it last night, and I couldn't stop it was funny, emotional, thought provoking and fabulously written - Jess Thom who wrote the book is an amazing lady who has found a way of dealing with Tourettes in a positive way - she is a true inspiration and will ensure Tourettes is more understood, my son has tourettes and the difficulties he goes through every day amaze me - I find sufferers of this condition to be amazing talented individuals that have a disability but are not letting it hold them back - Well Done Jess for a fabulous book

My advice for anyone thinking of buying this book is to do so you won't be disappointed
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book fanatic on 9 Oct. 2012
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I've been following Jess's blog for some time now but the book was a revelation about how in the course of a year Jess came to terms with her condition. She is a remarkable woman who has faced the challenges that life has dealt her in a unique way. She has a wonderful support network with Leftwing Idiot, Fat sister and many others who really love and care for her and many times I was brought to tears while reading the book, not just by the dreadful reactions from the public, but by the kindness of strangers.

If anyone can make a difference to how Tourettes is perceived by the public, it will be the most amazing Jess
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MyersHertz on 4 Oct. 2012
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In no uncertain terms, you want this book.

Jess has really opened a window on what it is like to live with tourettes. The reality of her condition is laid bare, and is in equal amounts surprising, funny and educational. I couldnt stop reading when it arrived. If you have any questions about tourettes, or been curious to know more, then this book is the perfect place to get started!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Duggan on 7 Oct. 2012
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An honest account of living with Tourette's syndrome that is free of self pity and full of warmth and humour. It's well worth reading for all sorts of reasons, not least increasing awareness of an often misunderstood condition. It also shows the wit and creativity that flow out of Jess's tics - some of them are creasingly funny, some are sharply insightful and some are sheer poetry. Buy one copy for yourself, and one to give as a present!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Joachim on 12 Nov. 2012
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This book should really be titled 'Everything you wanted to know about Tourettes but were afraid to ask'. It is a rollercoaster of a read and not for the faint hearted. It had me laughing out loud in parts then feeling quite sad the next. With brutal honesty, Jess gives the reader a graphic insight into what it means to suffer from Tourettes with all its complexities, warts and all. I take my hat off to Jess; she is inspiritional in how she just keeps on going, dealing with all the demands Tourettes places on her, no matter how difficult and frustrating yet still managing to find humour in there somewhere. I learned a lot of new things about the syndrome and in particular how not to treat someone with Tourettes. I feel that this is a very important book educationally and I am very glad that someone decided to write it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alixio on 26 Oct. 2012
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Faultless book. One of the most inspirational books I've ever read. Filled with dream-like, almost psychedelic, amblings and utterances. Tinged with sadness and unheard of human effort. It's a battle with knights in shining armour (often in the form of children, friends, family and NHS professionals) and baddies (in the form of people who refuse to accept her condition, people in 'authority'). She is not trodden by it though she does feel its weight sometimes. There are laugh out loud moments and moments when you might just shed a tear, as I did. What a fighter she is and what a truly great project she has started. You might just fall in love with her.

Tourettes Hero, to, Biscuit, infinity and, biscuit, beyond!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2013
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'Tourettes is a mysterious neurological condition. Having it means I make movements and noises I can't control - these are called tics. Sometimes they're simple and just involve me squeaking or nodding my head. Sometimes, though, they're more complicated and involve me saying stuff like 'Sexually frustrated dog food.' And that's when it gets interesting.'

Jess has Tourettes Syndrome, which results in her making sounds and movements much of the time and over which she has no control. She is one of about ten percent of people with Tourettes Syndrome who swears. Welcome to Biscuit Land is an intimate account by Jess of her life over the course of one year. Jess set up Touretteshero, which the book explains is 'an organisation that celebrates the humour and creativity of Tourettes without mocking or self-pity...It's about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood syndrome on the planet.' Jess proclaims at the start her account that 'from this point on Tourettes won't be my problem - it'll be my power. From now on, I'm going to be Touretteshero.'

Jess writes openly and honestly about living with Tourettes and about the ways in which it can and does affect her daily life. I found this an informative, honest and very moving account and found I learned a lot about Tourettes through the straightforward way that Jess has recorded her thoughts, activities and tics here. Her account is very readable, and I hope it encourages more people to find out about and understand Tourettes a bit more, which in turn ought to help further reduce any preconceived ideas about the syndrome. If you're wondering about the title of the book, 'biscuit' is one of the tics that Jess found herself uttering an awful lot at the time of writing.
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