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Here is the hapless and hilarious tale of a life lived under the constant and ruthless reign of a chocolate biscuit. Lumped into 'the too fat for potatoes group' by her mother, carefree eating isn't something Arabella Weir had much experience of growing up.

Written with startling frankness, Arabella unravels her own eating history in this humorous appraisal of our attitudes towards eating disorders and obesity. Not easy for someone who still can't be alone unsupervised in a room with a packet of chocolate biscuits.

Charting Arabella's neurotic relationship with food, from prolonged abstinence to binge eating, this humorous memoir recreates a childhood besieged with battles over food. Subjected to her mother's capricious feeding regime and taught early on that food was her enemy, happiness meant being allowed to eat what she liked - or more importantly what everyone else was eating.

Recounting stories of unhinged mothers and callous doctors, mystery-meat suppers, and egg custard battles with calculating boyfriends' mothers, this candid memoir vividly recreates a childhood and adolescence marred by the social embarrassment of being marked as different simply due to your weight.

©2010 Arabella Weir (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Joan
  • 09-27-10

The Fast Show

Entertaining and thought-provoking. Everyone except the naturally skinny will relate to this, and will feel much better for listening. But Arabella does talk FAST. My brain was tripping over itself to keep up. By the end I felt as if I had had a good workout. I must have lost POUNDS!

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  • Amy
  • 10-15-10

Entertaining and thought provoking.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Insightful and funny about why so many women have such a confused relationship with food.
Both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Arabella reads her book brilliantly. Its a very easy listen.

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  • R West
  • 07-15-18

Wo is me

This book is truly one of the worst I’ve ever read. Much of it is saying how terrible her parents are and how they are to blame for many of her issues and the rest seems to be fat shaming dressed up as humour. Just because you say it about yourself it doesn’t make it any less fat shaming.

There are serious undertones of sexism too, men feel bad about themselves too and not all men think having a bit of weight means an excuse to look around.

Overall, I pushed through with this book hoping it would get better but was sorely disappointed. Please don’t waste your time or money!