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An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia Audio Download – Unabridged

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As a sufferer of anorexia myself, I love reading about recovery stories and ways I can improve and finally get on the road to recovery. I picked this book thinking it was a recovery story, but it is very clear from the beginning that Emma is still suffering from anorexia quite badly. Also, at times, I felt like she was almost 'showing off' how severe her anorexia was in her darker days as she keeps repeating her extremely low weight and how she's suffered for 'over a decade'.
On the positive side, I did find the book very insightful and could relate to her thoughts and anxieties very well. She is a wonderful writer and I wish her all the best on her road to recovery
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Emma is the most brilliant writer. This is an incredibly moving book describing her battle with anorexia - a wretched disease which affects too many lives. As a former sufferer, I could identify with lots of what she has written. What stuck out the most for me was the constant anxiety and worry - the ongoing thoughts about food and cleanliness. This is all to real and was at times difficult to read because of the memories it bought back. Emma's account paints a very real picture of what it is like for a sufferer. Emma constantly demonstrates how determined she is to beat this illness - which is why I think its important that others read this wonderful book because you will be shown that the road to recovery is not at all easy. But it IS possible. Thank you, Emma, for being so brave and sharing your story with us. Make sure you also read her other book - The Ministry of Thin: How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control
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this was exceptionally dull and quite disappointing. I bought this expecting a book about anorexia; instead it is a book about Emma Woolf's fertility and her boyfriend. Why she thinks we care about the ins and outs of her ovaries i do not know; i truly wanted to read about anorexia, not her boyfriend and her desire to have a baby despite being unable to eat buttered bread. The baby talk is exhausting and quite frankly i don't give a damn. If she's still anorexic it would be irrevocably irresponsible to have a baby because she simply does not eat enough and the baby would be born malnourished.

Overall she is not a very likeable person, her writing is repetitive, tedious and quite shockingly poor for someone who read Eng Lit at Oxford. Not to mention the bragging about being a functioning anorexic, it is crystal clear she is not recovered and following in Hornbachers footsteps she has only succeeded in glamorising anorexia.

It was a complete waste of money and i really dont recommend you buy this book - especially if you have an ED because it gives no motivation whatsoever to recover.
It's a self obsessed, draining and vapid book.
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Woolf is an exceptionally good writer: there it no denying that. On the topic of anorexia and Woolf's recovery though, I have many issues in regards to this book.

If she thinks that this book shows that she is recovered then she is deluded. Having experienced and recovered from anorexia myself, between the lines you can quite clearly see that her thinking is still affected my anorexia. I almost felt like she was bragging about how little she could and did and would eat in some areas, whilst not remaining conscious of triggers throughout the book.

I find it more of a shame that she believes she is better when she is not, and it is quite irresponsible to publish a book about having recovered from an ED as if being a role model for those suffering, when really, this is not quite true. I feel for her, but this book is exceptionally triggering and not a healthy nor hopeful memoir of experiencing anorexia, and coming through on the other side.

If your'e trying to recover and you want to read this, I definitely don't recommend it until you're very strong and resilient to triggers.
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As a fellow sufferer, I identified with much of what Emma said. But her journey is still ongoing and it isn't a book about recovery, more an insight into the world of eating disorders. She writes candidly about her struggles and I would recommend this to anyone wanting to understand more about eating disorders as the media image is not accurate. A parent, relative or friend of a sufferer may well find this book a helpful read as may somebody seeking to recover. But those totally in the grip of anorexia would probably not be in the right frame of mind to read this. Anorexia is a very complex illness and such books can sometimes be read hungrily (excuse the pun) to compare, compete and even try to pick up tips. Emma manages to avoid constant references to weight and there are no shocking images in the book which I found reassuring as she is in no way "proud" of her illness as is the case in some books I have read where the author includes emaciated photos of themselves and refers to weight and BMI constantly. By not doing this, Emma seems genuinely to want to recover but I agree with other reviews that she has a long way to go yet and I wish her well in her battle to beat this cruel disease. Finally, thank you for personally responding to the email I sent you, Emma, much appreciated.
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