Bloodletting: A True Story of Secrets,Self-harm and Survival Hardcover – 29 Mar 2005
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"'Bloodletting is a frank, eloquent memoir about one of society's last taboos. Leatham recounts her tale with a dark humour that makes you will her to overcome her demons. Truly compelling.' Sunday Telegraph Magazine" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Victoria Leatham works in the communications industry.
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The author does not purport to be speaking for all who choose to cut themselves, she simply presents her story. She tells us what she did, why she did it and how this made her feel.
I was overcome with admiration for the bravery of this woman and I can only marvel at the strength of character it must have taken to keep picking herself up time and time again. She makes frank admissions regarding her alcohol and drug abuse and her promiscuity and throughout it all there is no finger pointing or blame laying.
I can't imagine how hard it must have been for the loyal people who loved her to keep supporting her when they could see that she was approaching self-destruct yet again.
The experiences Ms Leatham had whilst trying to find the help she knew she needed serve to highlight how little is really known about this particular facet of mental illness. This lack was evident even amongst health professionals including mental health practitioners. This lack of knowledge is really quite alarming.
This was a thoroughly compelling read. Easy to follow, funny and honest I couldn't put this book down. Throughout the entire story the courage of Victoria Leatham is breathtaking.
If this book raises awareness of some of the issues surrounding this illness, then it will be the most worthwhile book I have read so far this year.
I can't understand why people think that her book is lacking. Like she says this is her account as she remembers it.Read more ›
Well I read this book within two days. Its was the best book I HAVE EVER READ, ITS FILLED WITH humour in parts, even though the subject is Taboo with people. She makes no great shakes in beating around the bush. She tells it how it is. This is what people need to understand.
For reasons I cant explain this book has helped me a great deal, and I feel that I am not alone in my self harming.
Read it, its a must!
The only thing i found a little odd is that after almost every cut she went to have it stitched or so on...in my opinion,some may disagree, but you tend to not want anyone to know...thats my only fault with this book.
Still think you should read this book its very informative, but if you are a self harmer it can be triggering.
Victoria writes with both wit and clarity, but also with sensitivity. What she also does is offer a glimpse into the mindset of a self-harmer, and thus offer some insight into what compels someone to self-harm, and the variety of reasons an individual could have for doing so.
Besides the fact that Victoria has a natural gift for writing, this book is also vital because it draws attention to a mental health issue which is too often swept under the carpet. Many people sweepingly label self-harmers 'freaks' and proclaim that they do not understand why anyone would want to self-harm, maintaining that it achieves nothing. This masks the wider issue, which is the fact that modern life causes the depression or unhappiness which leads to self-harm. Often, people's exaggerated repulsion and horror at self-harm masks a deep-seated recognition, a recognition that despair or self-hatred are traits which they too might harbour, smothered deep down inside themself. More people need to try and understand self-harm, and stop having knee-jerk ignorant reactions to it. This would help bring mental health issues out into the open, where they quite clearly belong.
The impression that this book leaves me with is that ironically, it is very often high-achieving, intelligent and talented individuals who have a propensity for self-harm or self-disgust. In Victoria's case this is particularly true. The fact that a talented, intelligent and attractive young woman receives so little help for her unhappiness that she wishes to cut herself is perhaps one of the saddest facts of all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, personal story of living with mental health issues, and other people's reactions.Published 16 months ago by RLC
I have owned this book for a good few years and I have re-read it at least 4 times! As a recovering self-harmer and sufferer of mental illness, I found this book interesting and... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2010 by Becky Borderline
This book has been compared to Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation in terms of breaking the silence on a social stigma - this time self harm. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2009 by Holly Ford
I really enjoy reading mental health related memoirs, and this one certainly does not disappoint. Ms. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2007 by Bookophile
this book was like reading my diary. i have never found anyone's suffering so similar to mine before. Read morePublished on 10 July 2007 by Bet Pod
Reading this book felt like reading my own diary. What was most useful was giving the book to my family to read. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2007 by Fallen
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