Biting Anorexia: A Firsthand Account of an Internal War

Biting Anorexia: A Firsthand Account of an Internal War Review

My name is Lucy. I am in recovery from anorexia nervosa and major depression, each of which almost killed me.

So begins Biting Anorexia, an extraordinary account of a teenage girl's descent into the tortured existence of anorexia and her arduous, remarkable recovery. Much of this unflinchingly candid memoir is ripped directly from the pages of author Lucy Howard-Taylor's diary as she struggled with the torturous condition, offering a rare glimpse into the thoughts and fears that grip the minds of those struggling with anorexia, the most fatal of all psychiatric illnesses.

Tinged with a wicked sense of humor, Lucy's beautifully written, penetrating insights capture the overpowering anxiety that comes with anorexia and reveal the challenge of recovery. This courageous and compelling story will inspire and support those troubled with the condition, and their family and friends, the world over.

… a graphic yet poetic insight into the pain and suffering experienced by sufferers of eating disorders.
—Claire Vickery, CEO and founder of The Butterfly Foundation

Title:Biting Anorexia: A Firsthand Account of an Internal War
Edition Language:English

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  • Emily

    My copy of this book has bits and pieces highlighted and is falling apart from how many times I have flipped through the pages on rainy afternoons. ...

  • Luisa

    Lucy gives you an exact recount of what was going on in her head during her struggle with anorexia. She divides her time up into the 'dark', the 'grey' and the 'light' which is so accurate for anyone ...

  • Daisy

    Lucy is my friend. She is also an amazingly inspiring woman. I re-read this today as I am studying issues within age groups in the classroom, and I think anyone ever intending to teach young women sho...

  • Olwen

    The author warns you at the beginning of this book that it was written while she was unwell and in recovery. Good thing she does, as the narrative reflects her state of mind. It was enlightening to le...

  • Kate Holly

    This is the chronicle of one girl's struggle with and slow recovery from Anorexia Nervosa told in a series of journal entries. My edition was unedited, and although this left me impressed with Lucy's ...

  • Jas

    I read this book at quite a dark time, leading me to wonder whether I was looking for something inspiring or something immensely triggering when I picked up Howard-Taylor's memoir. Either way, "Biting...

  • Jess

    This memoir is more a collection of diary entries reading more like a zine or somebodies blog than an in depth memoir style narrative. Memoirs are oft sprinkled with insight from the author, whereas t...

  • Hweeps

    If I owned this book, it probably wouldn't be in the best condition seeing as I seem to have a favourite quote (usually quoteS) on each page. I don't know how to do a review of this, but yeah, I'd say...

  • Melissa Romero

    A difficult read both because of the subject matter and the style of writing (i.e., stream of thought/diary entries). However, this style aptly portrays the thought processes of anoretics, and, in a w...

  • Liralen

    I had originally given this fewer stars - three, I think? I wanted to give it two and a half - but rethought that. I hold firm in my original impression that it was too soon for the author to be writi...