Lighter Than My Shadow

Lighter Than My Shadow

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A poignant, heart-lifting graphic memoir about anorexia, eating disorders and the journey to recovery

Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behaviour might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.

'Even at its most heartbreaking it never feels sombre ... Inspiring, plucky and, in the end, consoling, it's hard to put down' Observer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 516 pages
  • 198 x 255 x 44mm | 1,867g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224090984
  • 9780224090988
  • 214,884

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"A work of true devotion."
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[A] searing memoir... Gripping, thanks to its honesty and its disjunction between traumatic subject matter and sometimes childlike artwork, James Smart * Guardian * This heartbreaking, endearing and painfully honest depiction of a girl fighting against herself to survive makes for a truly amazing story. * We Love This Book * A work of true devotion. -- Paul Gravett * Independent * Even at its most heartbreaking it never feels sombre ... Inspiring, plucky and, in the end, consoling, it's hard to put down. -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
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About Katie Green

Katie Green is an artist and illustrator living in the south west of England. She has published a regular zine, The Green Bean, since 2010. To see more of her work visit
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Rating details

4,120 ratings
4.37 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (1,415)
3 11% (445)
2 2% (64)
1 0% (16)
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