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Unsentimental account of a devastating illness,
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This review is from: My Hungry Hell: What it's Really Like to be Anorexic - A Personal Story (Paperback)
... I, for one, think that Chisholm's book is long overdue - at last, a concise, honest, unsentimental and mature account of an often-misunderstood condition. Being underweight, as the author points out, has nothing to do with striving to look like a supermodel, but everything to do with retaining control in at least one area of your life. Most anorexics, like Chisholm, come from loving, close and intelligent families. The relationship between Chisholm and her parents comes across as warm and strong,despite the inevitable disputes that arise round the dinner table when one member of the family cannot eat a 'normal' meal. This is a story of courage with a happy ending, a voyage of self-discovery charted by the sufferer herself, with curiosity and honesty. As a literary journalist I know how difficult it is to be honest and to write about painful topics, without resulting to being over-emotional or getting trapped underneath cloying descriptions. Kate Chisholm has managed this admirably in her short book. She chooses her words with care and demonstrates her craft with great skill.