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Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero Paperback – 1 Oct 2012
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"The blessed Jess Thom… who chose to embrace the condition, to be open, funny, frank, intelligent and enchantingly entertaining about it… Now she has been and gone and done and written this charming, touching and valuable book." - Stephen Fry
"Can you imagine blurting out swear words and nonsensical phrases involuntarily in public... Tourettes sufferer Jessica Thom has had to deal with all this and more since she was a child. Her struggle with this much misunderstood condition forms the focus of a moving, year-long diary." - Daily Mail
"An insider's guide to having Tourettes Syndrome." - The Observer
"Teaching the world about Tourettes... celebrates creativity and humour." - Daily Express
"Both funny and poignant and provides a fascinating insight into the life of a person with Tourettes Syndrome." - Disability Now
"A role model for people across the country struggling to come to terms with the condition...Welcome To Biscuit Land has become an invaluable resource for families coping with Tourettes." - Evening Standard
"Touretteshero is about sharing that humour with everyone to challenge misconceptions about Tourettes." - Time Out
"Her love-hate relationship with the disabling disorder Tourettes Syndrome." - ABC News
"An innovative way of challenging people's perceptions of a famously controversial and misunderstood disability... The book is made especially readable because of Jessica's affable and eloquent writing style, and her open and generous character." - Ham & High
"What it's like to have 'a barn dance in your head'." - Belfast Newsletter
"A heartfelt anthology of short musings and anecdotes that can be funny, absurd and even infuriating and sad... Jessica Thom is a unique person and Welcome to Biscuit Land is, above all, a fun and uplifting read." - The Lancet
"Jessica has with great wit and charm completely overturned my thinking about Tourettes Syndrome, and those whose lives are affected by it... Jess is an amazing narrator, she calls it as she sees it with language which is at times rich and colourful, but ultimately what shines through is Jess's personality." - Jaffareadstoo Blog
"Moving, funny, shocking, tender and inspiring, Jess's words are courageous and optimistic in the face of the major challenges she faces." --The Rose Petal Blog
She writes quite brilliantly about her daily challenges, whilst celebrating the creativity and some of the humour of the condition. --Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4
Thom (focuses) on the playfulness and creativity that the condition can foster. --The Times
About the Author
Jess has written for The Guardian on disability issues, and appeared in many TV and radio interviews. She was one of the most engaging contributors to Stephen Fry's Planet Word.
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Also, as a diary there is not a big narrative arc: Jess makes a resolution to be more positive, things change a bit at work, she moves house, she encounters people who attack her, she holds onto friendships and they deepen. That's OK as life is like that, but if you expect more drama or story it may disappoint you. It's worth watching her on YouTube (her Queen's speech is brilliant) to get a feel for how she talks if you've not seen her live. show.
My advice for anyone thinking of buying this book is to do so you won't be disappointed
My eyes have been well and truly opened. I didn't realise the condition could have such a profound affect on the sufferer, making sleeping, eating and just getting about difficult and in the case of Jess, virtually impossible without the support of her amazing friends, family and the government.
I truly admire Jess and her sense of humour which helps her tackle this condition head on and also her ability not to feel sorry for herself and try and get on with life as best she can, educating those like myself, who know very little about Tourette's.
If someone questions why she is acting or speaking in a certain manner, Jess is very frank and open and will tell them she has Tourette's and what that means. You'd like to think that most people would accept this, offer help if possible or at the very least let her be without staring and passing further comment however some people are so ignorant it's shocking, telling her to "stop that" and asking if she is possessed!!
I think this world would be a much better place if we could all show a bit more tolerance to those who may appear different, Jess is doing a fantastic job of raising the awareness of Tourette's with this book and I wish her all the best for the future.
To quote one of my favourite Jess tics "there's a beaver in my bum writing an essay about dogs". Good luck with your crusade Touretteshero!
If anyone can make a difference to how Tourettes is perceived by the public, it will be the most amazing Jess
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