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The Reading Cure At The Age Of Fourteen, Laura Freeman Was Diagnosed With Anorexia She Had Seized The One Aspect Of Her Life That She Seemed Able To Control, And Struck Different Foods From Her Diet One By One Until She Was Starving But Even At Her Lowest Point, The One Appetite She Never Lost Was Her Love Of Reading.As Laura Battled Her Anorexia, She Gradually Re Discovered How To Enjoy Food And Life Broadly Through Literature Plum Puddings And Pottles Of Fruit In Dickens Gave Her Courage To Try New Dishes The Wounded Robert Graves Appreciation Of A Pair Of Greengages Changed The Way She Thought About Plenty And Choice Virginia Woolf S Painterly Descriptions Of Bread, Blackberries And Biscuits Were Infinitely Tempting Book By Book, Meal By Meal, Laura Developed An Appetite And Discovered An Entire Library Of Reasons To Live.The Reading Cure Is A Beautiful, Inspiring Account Of Hunger And Happiness, About Addiction, Obsession And Recovery, And About The Way Literature And Food Can Restore Appetite And Renew Hope.

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The Reading Cure
  • Laura Freeman
  • English
  • 27 May 2018
  • 9781474604642

10 thoughts on “The Reading Cure


  1. says:

    A debut memoir with food, medical and literary themes and a bibliotherapy affirming title this book ticks a whole lot of boxes for me The very day I saw it mentioned on Twitter I requested a copy, and it was a warming, cozy read for the dark days of late December As a teenager, freelance journalist Laura Freeman suffered from anorexia, and ever since she has struggled to regain a healthy relationship with food This is decidedly not an anorexia memoir if that s what you re looking for, you ll want to pick up Nancy Tucker s grueling but inventive The Time in Between Instead, it s about the lifelong joy of reading and how books have helped Freeman in the years that she has been haltingly recovering a joy of eating.If asked to name a favorite food, Freeman writes that it would be porridge or, if she was really pressed, perhaps her mother s roast chicken dinner But it s been so long since she s thought of food in terms of pleasure that written accounts of feasting from the likes of M.F.K Fisher or Parson Woodforde might as well be written in a foreign language When in 2012 she decided to read the whole of Charles Dickens s oeuvre in his bicentenary year, she was struck afresh by the delight his characters t...


  2. says:

    For fifteen years before taking Bevis off the shelf, I had been hungry Sometimes acutely so, sometimes less, but always going to bed each night empty and cold For two of those fifteen years, I had been starving This was a delicious read Laura Freeman takes us into her confidence, and shows how crippling anorexia was for her, and the years thereafter when she was recovering A voracious reader from a young age, she read herself well with classics like Dickens, memoirists of WWI, and Virginia Woolf s fictitious meals and diary entries I ve never made it through a Dickens novel I ve attempted David Copperfield and Oliver Twist at various stages of my life, and all unsuccessfully Freeman went through all of his works in one year, looking for solace, comfort and appetite in the meals he wrote about and the characters that ate with such gusto.She even goes back to reading children s classics that feature healthy relationships with food like The Wind in the Willows and Swallows and s Honestly, most of the books mentioned were books I haven t read yet My To Be Read pile grew by a foot, and I can t wait to dive into them The authors I m most excited to read are food writers M.F.K Fisher and Elizabeth David authors I m familiar with already Unknown authors to me ...


  3. says:

    At the young age of fourteen, Laura Freeman was diagnosed with anorexia Where everyone saw a really thin girl with almost transparent skin, she saw something utterly different in the reflection in the mirror It was the culmination of months of avoiding certain foods, before almost stopping eating completely until she reached the point where she was starving to death While she let very little pass her lips in the form of nourishment, she still devoured books, and it was literature that was to hold the key to her recovery.The road to recovery for an anorexic is long and fraught and it was no different for Laura, but where others just had the mental battle, she had the extra support from the books she was reading In between the covers of Dickens, Sassoon, Woolf, Lee and Leigh Fermor, she would discover how they were able to consume vast plates full of roast beef, bowls of soup and exotic sounding breads without a care in the world She reads of soldiers who treasure the moment of a scalding hot cup of tea after an intense battle in World War One In fact, what she discovered was that these authors loved food they reveled in the taste of what they were eat...


  4. says:

    This memoir is at once lovely and disturbing Freeman writes with unwavering honesty about her illness, and in doing so, gives a real insight into what it is like when your mind is not your own Such a narrative has the potential to be immensely bleak overwhelming This instead, is balanced It is as much a story of a lengthy battle agains...


  5. says:

    I picked this up on a whim in Waterstones Piccadilly and am so glad I did.I love books about books if they are well written and this book made me aware of the numerous feasts in literature Laura Freeman started to suffer from anorexia at the age of 13 and at the age of 30 she can t quite manage to try chocolate as she is worried she will lose all control and not stop eating.I found her story about her illness interesting as instead of a book about the initial diagnosis and that difficult time, you have a book which focuses on her recovery over a long period of time Freeman was very honest about how she heard voices and how she still can t eat like normal people She has always been an avid reader and literature helped her get over a lot of food fears Oddly after I bought the book I found out a student has been diagnosed with anorexia Freeman has educated me further about anorexia and has inspired to r...


  6. says:

    What I have found in reading isn t a dictionary of foodstuffs A is for apple amber, B is for beautiful soup, C is for cheese on toast but a whole library of reasons to eat, share, live, to want to be well Laura Freeman is a self confessed glutton for books, and she makes an eloquent case for the ways in which reading and specific writers have taught her to eat enough to not just live, but take pleasure in living Having starved herself through most of her adolescence and having spent at least one year of that time bed bound Freeman s grip on life was shaky in the extreme Books became a way of connecting to a sane world, a joyous world, at the very least a different world First of all, books were a way of escaping from her own dangerous mind later, they became a potent form of deprogramming the dangerous messages that anorexia had carved into her psyche As she read her way through all of Dickens, through the World War I poets and memoirists, through food writers like M.F.K Fisher and Elizabeth David, through travel writers like Laurie Lee and Patrick Leigh Fermor, through Virginia Woolf, through beloved childhood classics, through Harry Potter, Freeman began to reconnect the idea of food with pleasure, with health, with strength, with energy, with kindness and generosity, with recovery from illness Gradually, mostly tentatively, but sometimes wi...


  7. says:

    I cried so much reading this book I have never had anorexia, but I have lived with this blistering loneliness, the isolation that comes with knowing your problems are eating you alive and yet don t seem worth treating or even talking about I ve known the feeling of not having earned my existence, of denying myself sleep or the next meal unless I met whatever task I d set for myself Laura is so graphic in her deprivations, of simmering a chicken sliver in drops of stock, nibbling cereal bars in Italy etc, but what hits the reader like a punch to the gut is the shrinking of her heart as she starves herself, her yammering Jabberwock that steals our breath.The flip side is the food she finally grants herself and the way she relives the books that inspire her appetite Roast per Dickens, butter via Mary Fisher, the potatoes of wartime poets they draw her out of her cave The children s book section was my favourite I read the Secret Garden s classic line How do...


  8. says:

    An excellent memoir on illness, reading and food I was expecting to like this book as it is about food and books big fans of those, I am what I didn t expect was to love this book What a thoughtful, honest and talented writer Laura Freeman is.


  9. says:

    Laura Freeman is a freelance writer and has written for magazines and newspapers such as The Spectator, Standpoint, The Times, TLS, and Slightly Foxed to name but a few Laura has recently released her first book and what a read this really turned out to be Not hard to see why I have always enjoyed reading Laura s writing The Reading Cure How Books Restored my Appetite is a memoir Laura at the age of fourteen was diagnosed anorexia and his is her story, a journey of how books and reading helped her on her road to recovery I know at first hand as a family member suffered from anorexia for many years with little or no help apart from the love of her family around her For Laura Freeman like all who have suffered from anorexia, they come to loathe themselves and will avoid eating and any situations that will involve food For than fifteen years Freeman has been a recovering from this dreadful illness There was one part of Freeman s life that she continued to enjoy and that was her love of literature and through reading she discovered food and learned to start enjoying food through the pages of her favourite books The journey to recovery is never an easy journey to take and not always a successful one as she...


  10. says:

    This book was shortlisted for the Young Writer of the Year Award 2018, for which I am on the shadow panel, so I read it in that capacity My review is here

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