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An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia | [Emma Woolf]

An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia

I haven't tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I'm walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels'? She's wrong: chocolate does. At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life. Addicted to hunger, exercise and control, she was juggling a full-blown eating disorder with a successful career, functioning on an apple a day.
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I haven't tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I'm walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels'? She's wrong: chocolate does.

At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life. Addicted to hunger, exercise and control, she was juggling a full-blown eating disorder with a successful career, functioning on an apple a day. Having met the man of her dreams (and wanting a future and a baby together), she embarked on the hardest struggle of all: to beat anorexia. It was time to start eating again, to regain her fertility and her curves, to throw out the size-zero clothes and face her food fears. And, as if that wasn’t enough pressure, Emma took the decision to write about her progress in a weekly column for The Times.

Honest, hard hitting and yet romantic, An Apple a Day is a manifesto for the modern generation to stop starving and start living. This compelling, life-affirming true story is essential reading for anyone affected by eating disorders (whether as a sufferer or carer), anyone interested in health and social issues – and for medical and health professionals.

©2012 Emma Woolf (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Amanda Blackwood, NJ, United States 04-08-13
    Amanda Blackwood, NJ, United States 04-08-13
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    What did you love best about An Apple a Day?

    How honest the author is. I enjoyed her voice as well, though it does have a "sticky" quality that grates after a while.


    What other book might you compare An Apple a Day to and why?

    Biting Anorexia - they are both candid diary type stories about the struggle back to health.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she was describing her own fascination with Posh spice. Who wouldn't identify with her thoughts on the glamorous supermom persona Posh has adopted. Also, how she describes her and Tom's trip across the western states of the US. To see America from the point of view of an an eating disordered English woman was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    It is obvious from the author's point of view that she was still firmly in the grips of anorexia while writing this. Some of her interpretations of situations or other people's advise show a deep need to hang on to her disease. I came to really root for her though, and will surely listen to it again.

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    Estrella Dubuque, IA 01-14-14
    Estrella Dubuque, IA 01-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Can relate in many ways and yet lucky I couldn't"
    Would you consider the audio edition of An Apple a Day to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print, but did find it refreshing to have it read by the actual author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Apple a Day?

    Having the points in the story where I knew just what certain feelings felt like or just how the brain works when having a ED.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Woolf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Idea of not being able to just have a baby because of an illness that needs to be fixed was moving. Luckily for myself I never had issues with getting pregnant, or not able to because of my on and off ED issues.


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    I suppose I wanted to listen to this audiobook out of a morbid curiosity, having never really known anyone with an eating disorder beyond the teenage dalliances with not eating that, in every case I've known at least, fizzle out. This book confirmed what I knew already, that its not about appearance but about control. A bit repetitive in places, but very interesting and both explains and yet gets across that its never possible for someone without an eating disorder to fully understand the motivation of a sufferer.

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