Mad Girl

Author: Bryony Gordon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472232070

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 6352


THE NUMBER 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB 2017 PICK A new Sunday Times bestseller from Bryony Gordon, Telegraph columnist and author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers. For readers who enjoyed Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive and Ruby Wax's Sane New World, Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. 'I loved it. A brilliant fast and funny and frank look at something that absolutely needs to be talked about in this way' Matt Haig Bryony Gordon has OCD. It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn't repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It's caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty. A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a happily married mother of an adorable daughter, Bryony has managed to laugh and live well while simultaneously grappling with her illness. Now it's time for her to speak out. Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can. Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.

Mad Girl's Love Song

Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted

Author: Andrew Wilson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857205900

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 8319


On 25 February 1956, twenty-three-year-old Sylvia Plath walked into a party and immediately spotted Ted Hughes. This encounter - now one of the most famous in all literary history - was recorded by Plath in her journal, where she described Hughes as a 'big, dark, hunky boy'. Sylvia viewed Ted as something of a colossus, and to this day his enormous shadow has obscured Plath's life and work. The sensational aspects of the Plath-Hughes relationship have dominated the cultural landscape to such an extent that their story has taken on the resonance of a modern myth. After Plath's suicide in February 1963, Hughes became Plath's literary executor, the guardian of her writings, and, in effect responsible for how she was perceived. But Hughes did not think much of Plath's prose writing, viewing it as a 'waste product' of her 'false self', and his determination to market her later poetry - poetry written after she had begun her relationship with him - as the crowning glory of her career, has meant that her other earlier work has been marginalised. Before she met Ted, Plath had lived a complex, creative and disturbing life. Her father had died when she was only eight, she had gone out with literally hundreds of men, had been unofficially engaged, had tried to commit suicide and had written over 200 poems. Mad Girl's Love Songwill trace through these early years the sources of her mental instabilities and will examine how a range of personal, economic and societal factors - the real disquieting muses - conspired against her. Drawing on exclusive interviews with friends and lovers who have never spoken openly about Plath before and using previously unavailable archives and papers, this is the first book to focus on the early life of the twentieth century's most popular and enduring female poet. Mad Girl's Love Songreclaims Sylvia Plath from the tangle of emotions associated with her relationship with Ted Hughes and reveals the origins of her unsettled and unsettling voice, a voice that, fifty years after her death, still has the power to haunt and disturb.

A Mad Girl's Love Song

Author: Suzanne Samples


ISBN: 1365244768

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4192


You can't really trust E., the narrator of A Mad Girl's Love Song. Recently released from the hospital for an unknown illness, E. claims to be some version of Esther Greenwood, a contemporary iteration of Sylvia Plath's depressed, neurotic main character. However, this is the least of her problems. As she struggles to find her place in hip West Asheville, E. finds herself obsessed with two things: poetry and electrocution. So much obsessed, in fact, that E. stumbles into Doctor Id's Center for Poetic Dislocation and Disentanglement, where a sexy-but-elusive psychiatrist attempts to rid E. of her Poetry Problem and usher her into the Prosaic Priority, an electroconvulsive-based program designed to help writers benefit monetarily and emotionally from their progress. Central to E.'s journey is Alexx, Doctor Id's assistant who loves the 1990s and often disappears into clouds of fairy glitter, leaving E. and the reader to wonder just what--if anything-- happened at all.

Diary of a Horse Mad Girl: My First Pony - Book 1

A Perfect Horse Book for Girls aged 9 to 12

Author: Katrina Kahler

Publisher: KC Global Enterprises Pty Ltd


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 68

View: 6707


Follow the true adventures of Abbie and her first pony, Sparkle (a beautiful Palomino) in her diary. Yes, she is a horse mad girl and when she gets her first pony...all her dreams come true... "When I first saw Sparkle, I knew that she was the pony for me! As soon as she cantered across the paddock, I think we both knew that we were meant to be together. But I certainly wasn't prepared for the exciting adventures ahead." My First Pony will take you on a ride filled with fun, friendships and even near disaster - the true story of a totally horse mad girl and a beautiful palomino named Sparkle. It is suitable for "horse mad" girls aged from around 8 to 12. Book 2 - Diary of a Horse Mad Girl: Pony Club Adventures and Book 3 - Pony Pals are both now available on Amazon. If you liked book 1, I know you'll enjoy books 2 and 3. Thank you for reading my books. I love horses! Katrina

Ballad for a Mad Girl

Author: Vikki Wakefield

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781925355291

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

View: 5367


Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She's a prankster and a risk-taker, and she's not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe. That night she experiences something she can't explain. The funny girl isn't laughing anymore. She's haunted by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf. As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can no longer tell what's real or imagined—all she knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price. Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

Author: Stephanie McAfee

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101575050

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 1339


Graciela "Ace" Jones is mad-mad at her best friend Lilly who cancels their annual trip to Panama City for mysterious reasons; at her boss Catherine for "riding her ass like a fat lady on a Rascal scooter;" at her friend Chloe's abusive husband; and especially at Mason McKenzie, the love of her life, who has shown up with a marriage proposal one year too late. Ace is never mad, though, at her near-constant companion, an adorable chiweenie dog named Buster Loo. Ace's anger begins to dissipate as she takes matters into her own hands to take down Chloe's philandering husband-and to get to the bottom of a multitude of other scandals plaguing Bugtussle, Mississippi. Then, she starts to realize that maybe Mason deserves a second chance after all. With a sharp and distinctive voice, Stephanie McAfee delivers a hilarious and fast-paced tale about Ace Jones and her two best friends-thick as thieves and tough as nails-navigating Southern small-town politics and prejudices, finding love, and standing up for each other all the way.

My Pony Riding Journal

For Every Pony Mad Girl: Record Your Lesson, Devise a Practice Plan, Horse Care Plan, Set Riding Goals and Lots More

Author: Annie Mac Journals

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781074607104


Page: 124

View: 9711


If you love riding your pony you will love it even more when you track and plan what you do. This is the only journal you will ever need. With 9 different pages you will love keeping it and so will your pony! With pages to: 1. Set your riding goals and record ideas on how to make it happen 2. Set a weekly riding plan and pony to-do list 3. Keep a record of your lesson, what went well, what needs work, instructor, horse etc 4. Create a practice plan for between lessons 5. Record the details of your practice - see what is working 6. Keep a horse care planner - remember errands and tasks eg. Farrier, Vet, Feed etc 7. Set your future goals and see where you can draw inspiration from 8. Keep a running Checklist 9. Place to write notes, dream, get inspired!!

Mad Dogs and an English Girl

Author: Caroline Waterman

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1905886934

Category: English

Page: 263

View: 5071


This is a story of Spanish life at the time of Franco as seen through the eyes of a naïve young girl. Based on the author's personal experience, it is often amusing, sometimes tragic but always surprising, painting a picture of a way of life that has now gone for ever.