The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict Paperback – 5 Jun 2006
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Compulsively readable. I gulped it down in a couple of greedy bites
It is a powerful memoir -- Daily Telegraph
Its part memoir, part diet book, part comedy, and part sugar rush. I loved it -- Tim Lott
This hilarious, self-lacerating memoir of a compulsive eater is a superb book ... this is his crowning achievement -- Jon Ronson
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Makes fat not just a feminist issue but relevant to everyone: William Leiths unblinking investigation of the physical consequences and psychological pain of being an overweight man charts new territory.
Shortlisted for the Mind Awards 2006 Book of the YearSee all Product Description
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I love this book. I'm slightly bigger than Leith ever got, and became so by a different route, so his hilarious descriptions of junk food binges go over my head a bit. But I experienced enough moments of startling self-recognition reading this to make the whole thing ring horribly true, and make me think about myself in ways I've resisted before. Best of all is his writing, which is dry, funny and brutally confessional, all strung around a set of amazingly impressive, casually name-dropped contributions on the subject from important figures he has met as a journalist - everyone from Dr Atkins and the head of Starbucks to the chip guru at the McCain factory and a panoply of scientific and medical experts, celebrity fatties, feminists and philosophers. If you're worried that this is going to be all about the Atkins diet, don't be. I'd recommend this book unhesitatingly to anyone who enjoys a good read and has ever overindulged in anything.
Some other reviewers, I note, have said that this book isn't ONLY about overeating, but rather addictions in general, such as: drink, drugs, cosmetic surgery and shopping. But I think that's wrong. This book IS primarily about overeating, but it digresses into other addictions and compulsions to illustrate a wider point related to comfort eating. And apart from the therapy sessions, which take up many pages in the last quarter of the book, where the author regresses into his childhood and blames his parents for his unhealthy eating habits, I really enjoyed the book. The therapy felt a bit too self-indulgent. I notice someone else called this book nothing but self-pitying drivel (or words to that effect) and I thought: "Hang on a minute! What do you expect? This is a memoir." I prepared myself for such introspection and thought in so doing I had inoculated myself against it. Still, it turns out I wasn't immune to those thoughts.
But I like the style of his prose. It zips along, pings off the walls, fizzes through the pages. I rarely had to re-read passages, but I did occasionally.
One question I have after reading this book is: what happened to his Atkins diet?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ive read this book about four times now and each time enjoy the honesty, insight and shrug of the shoulders at the human condition leith portrays
he inspired me to try the... Read more
The book was really well written and kept me amused and interested right to the end. Thanks very much for writing it.Published 21 months ago by Mr Robert D Ward
I like the way this guy writes and that's why I'll give him 4 stars. His basic thesis (pro-Atkins, all-carbs-are-bad) I'm not so sure about, but it's a good read anyway. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Splunge Gasket
This is the story of an overweight and insatiably hungry man, who sets out to understand and conquer this hunger, and resulting weight issue (along with the more complicated issues... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by ShonUK
I was told about this book by a friend who had really enjoyed it. I decided to purchase it although I felt it may end up alongside the numerous un viewed fitness DVD's in my house. Read morePublished on 22 May 2011 by cherryplum
I am not English and didn't know who WL was before I put my hands on this book five years ago. I expected a diet book written by a man (I am a woman myself), but the book was so... Read morePublished on 10 April 2011 by So many books, so little time
William Leith writes regularly for the Guardian, the Observer and the Daily Telegraph and one day in January 2003 he set off to interview the controversial diet guru Dr Robert... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2011 by Eileen Shaw
Not so much a review on the book's content which casts interesting lights on overeating but a comment that the book was published in 2006 and although I got a "pristine new copy"... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2010 by Bill
Wasn't very impressed with this book, there were a few interesting referrals but nothing that would change my life. Almost the first 20 pages is about eating toast!!!! Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2009 by Amanda
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