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Good Girls: A story and study of anorexia by Hadley Freeman

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From Hadley Freeman, bestselling author of House of Glass, comes a searing memoir about her experience with anorexia, and her long journey to full recovery.

From the ages of fourteen to seventeen, Freeman lived in psychiatric wards after developing anorexia nervosa. For the next twenty years, she grappled with various forms of self-destructive behaviour as the anorexia mutated and persisted.

Anorexia is one of the most widely discussed but least understood mental illnesses. In a brilliant narrative that combines personal experience with deep reporting on the issues around the illness, Freeman details her experiences with anorexia, and how she overcame it.

Good Girls is an honest and hopeful story that will be profoundly helpful for those who suffer from an eating disorder, and those who desperately want to understand them.

About the Author

Hadley Freeman is a staff writer at the Sunday Times. She worked for more than 20 years at the Guardian and her writing has appeared in many publications. Her previous book, House of Glass, was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been published around the world.


'A frank and insightful account ... offers insight into the unique struggle of adolescent girls in an era when they are told they can be anything' The Times

'A clear-eyed view of a debilitating and misunderstood illness' Guardian

'Freeman manages to turn this tragic and taxing tale into a gripping story' Financial Times

'This is a vital contribution that it's to be hoped will change how we understand anorexia, and perhaps also influence the messages we put across to young girls' Jewish Chronicle

'For parents of girls with eating disorders, this is vital, revelatory, and deeply moving' Caitlin Moran

'Recounting her years of anorexia with uncommon honesty, Hadley Freeman makes a powerful case for finding the will to live' Lauren Collins, author of When In French

'Breaking the silence around eating disorders with piercing honesty' Hugo Rifkind, Times columnist

'I urge any anorexic, or parent of an anorexic, to read this book' Daily Mail

'This is a heart-breaking account of what might lead someone to feel self-starvation is her only option and Freeman should be commended for her bravery in writing about this' Evening Standard

'She has brought to bear every ounce of her trademark clarity, precision and wit to render her own experience, and that of other women with anorexia, with the utmost specificity and sensitivity' New York Times

'Freeman is a brave, illuminating and meticulous reporter, and uses her experience wisely' Observer

Book Information
ISBN 9780008322670
Author Hadley Freeman
Format Hardback
Page Count 288
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Weight(grams) 400g
Dimensions(mm) 222mm * 141mm * 28mm


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