A bright, beautiful teenager, popular with her peers, Grace lived a perfectly ordered, ordinary life. Until one day, aged 18, she went on a diet. That didn’t stop. Then couldn’t stop. That trapped her in ‘a secret world of eating-related happiness and unhappiness’. And saw her weight swiftly drop to below six stone.
A grippingly honest account of life with anorexia nervosa, Thin is Grace’s heartbreaking, shocking and, finally, inspirational story. A memoir that is in part insider’s exposé and in part survivor’s testimony, it explains the struggle for self-discovery, and chronicles the devastating battles waged for control over mind and body.
Breaking secrets, Grace shatters the myths surrounding this widely misunderstood illness, helping those bound within the rules of anorexia to find a way out, and those on the outside to understand more.Thin also has resonance beyond the world of eating disorders. For in daring to tell the truth, Grace reveals her extraordinary story to be a common one, reflected in the shape of many of our lives. She draws on the universal themes of female self-image and self-determination, which have inspired such classics as The Bell Jar and A Room of One’s Own, to shatter the myths surrounding anorexia. And the powerful insights she brings to overcoming addiction make this an invaluable narrative for all those looking to find hope and renewal in the acceptance of change and growth.Thin is the most eloquent account of anorexia yet.
Praise for Thin
“Bowman describes her descent into anorexia with clinical skill; if you haven’t understood it before, you will now… brave, revealing, and shocking… Women, I am certain, will identify… But I also recommend… to men. Guys, if you’ve never thought much about this stuff, it’s time you started.” –William Leith, The Guardian
-Charlie Lee-Potter, The Independent on Sunday
“Compelling reading… [Grace Bowman] brings a true writer’s skill to what can’t help but be a claustrophobic subject. Her shifting voice – from drama to prose; from first to third person; from cool-headed researcher to distraught narrator – helps to lift the veil on the confusing, obsessive, introverted world of the adolescent anorexic…This book is valuable for its deep honesty about a widespread condition… [it] grabs you in the guts.” – Hilary Wilce, TES
“Grace Bowman provides a beautifully written, poignant account of someone struggling to live with anorexia and find her place in the world…A valuable read not only for sufferers themselves but also for anyone else who needs or wants to gain a deeper understanding of eating disorders…brilliantly truthful and inspirational.”
– B-eat (Eating Disorders Association) Magazine