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Intelligent and Insightful,
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This review is from: An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia (Paperback)
Brutally and, at times, painfully, honest, Emma writes about her experience of Anorexia with intelligence and insight into this often glamourised illness. Whilst many accounts choose to personify Anorexia as possessing the sufferer, Emma avoids these kind of comparisons and, instead, delves into how this is part of her personality and the maintaining factors of the illness. Like her column in the Times, she doesn't hold back with her depiction of both the extreme anorexia she experienced as an undergraduate and the 'functional anorexia' of more previous years, and how this has/has not helped her relate to others and herself.
This is a brave and moving account, intelligently written, but not without hope. By the end of the book, it feels like she has undergone a catharsis of sorts and begun to let go. But, whilst publishing and journalism often demand a 'well made ending', there is also a sense that this is a struggle that is far from over, but ongoing and very real, and all the more useful to others for being so. I suspect there are few accounts of anorexia written so potently in the present tense.
A must-read for all relatives/close friends of sufferers and sufferers alike.