Please eat...

Author: Bev Mattocks

Date Of Publication: 04/10/2014

The anorexia demon treats the author of Please eat … “like a piece of dirt”. Bev Mattocks openly recalls the journey that she and her son endured in the battle against anorexia. She does not attempt to explain the reasons for anorexia, nor does she apportion blame for its appearance and development but she does successfully give context to this confusing and often misunderstood illness by sharing her thoughts, emotions and experience as she travels into a three-year anorexia abyss. 

Written with an easy to read style it captivates and urges you to keep reading. Based on blogs, journal entries and vivid memories, the book is constructed in chronological order and with short chapters, of which it is easy to dip in and out. It was published in 2013, just a short time after her son entered what she would truly describe as the recovery stage.

The book manages to encapsulate the relentlessness of anorexia; it details the early warning signs, the CAHMS experience, the merciless day-to-day life of living with the ‘demon’ who inhabits her sons mind, the continual and unimaginable new lows, through to the turning of corners, the overcoming of challenges and to somehow emerge back into the real world, scathed but still standing. Amongst this arduous journey is woven the mother’s feelings – the loneliness, the desperation, the helplessness, the fear, the anger, the heartbreak and the crushed hopes, dreams and expectations that she had for her son.

Please eat … is a compelling narrative about teenage anorexia from a mother’s perspective. It will lead you through a dark and bewildering journey but will leave you with hope and a better understanding of this complex mental health illness.

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