Grace read English at Queens’ College, Cambridge University and, after a few years working in marketing, she came back to her love of words publishing her memoir A Shape of My Own (Viking, 2006) and Thin (Penguin 2007). The book explored Grace’s experience of anorexia nervosa and became a bestseller. Her work on mental health has been widely published including in the Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and Elle magazine. Grace has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes, as well as in educational and clinical settings, to discuss eating disorders.
Grace’s interest in Medical Humanities emerged from the experience of writing this illness narrative. In 2011, she completed an MSc in Medical Humanities at King’s College London. From 2012 -2016 she was awarded a School of Arts Studentship at Birkbeck – University of London to undertake doctoral work challenging the dualism inherent in the term mental health. Grace’s PhD thesis proposes new embodied understandings of human distress and wellbeing. Grace is currently an ISSF/Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at Birkbeck and is writing a follow-up book to Thin entitled My Being, My Body which aims to show the importance of living in the body for wellbeing. Grace lives in Cambridge with her husband and two daughters.