Perfect

Perfect : Anorexia and Me

By (author) Emily Halban

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Emily Halban developed anorexia in her final year at school. She went on to university at Oxford where her disease took on a powerful dimension and by her final year she was so debilitated that she had to sit her exams in a separate room where she could be fed continuously throughout each one. With heartbreaking candour and poignant intimacy, Emily vividly chronicles the complexities and inner struggles of living with anorexia. Two years on, she traces her disease from its elusive origins, through its darkest moments of deprivation, guilt and self-loathing, and finally recounts her journey towards recovery. Emily allows us to understand what it's really like to suffer from anorexia, exposing its secrets and dispelling some of the myths that shroud it. Alive with self-awareness, but never self-pity, "Perfect" is an inspiring read that will help those battling with the horrors of anorexia find a way out, and those on the outside to understand more.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 26mm | 200g
  • 01 Aug 2009
  • Ebury Publishing
  • VERMILION
  • London
  • English
  • 0091917492
  • 9780091917494
  • 157,742

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Author Information

Emily Halban was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1983. She spent her childhood in Geneva before coming to study at Oxford University from where she graduated in 2004. Emily developed anorexia at the age of 16. She now lives in London.

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"...allows a glimpse into the mindset of an anorexic" Glamour "A brave, brilliant and beautifully written memoir" -- Vicki Edgson "Compellling" Easy Living "There have been many books on the subject of anorexia but this is the first that I have read that both moved me to tears AND gave me the tools to help anyone around me who might suffer from this consuming demon. This book will give hope and help to both sufferers of anorexia and, just as importantly, those who are close to them. A brilliant read and a great, great help." -- Susie Forbes (Editor) Easy Living

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