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A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

Narrated by: Queenie James
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M. E. Monster. The severest form of a neuroimmune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old. From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage schoolgirl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in a hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive.

This harrowing story follows the highs and lows of the disease and being hospitalised, captured through her voice-activated technology diary called "Bug" that enables her to fulfil her dream of one day becoming an author. It provides a raw, real-time honesty to the story that would be impossible to capture in hindsight.

©2018 Hashtag Press (P)2018 Jessica Taylor-Bearman

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Powerfully inspiring

As a fellow ME sufferer I was so inspired by Jessica’s perseverance and attitude throughout her harrowing journey. I believe that this book can bring hope and light to, not only the chronically ill, but to anyone, as it is a truly wonderful example of the strength of the human spirit.

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An amazing book, incredible journey

This book gets you in the minute you start.
I believe everyone should read it to get some insight and understanding of this terrible illness

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ME sufferer’s diary of her illness

A very articulate young lady.
A cheerful spirit who constantly looks for the good in her life. Excellently narrated.
I highly recommend this book for ME sufferers, their families , friends, carers & health professionals.
Even those who know little of the health condition sometimes referred to as CFS or chronic fatigue will enjoy the spirit of this young battler & learn a whole lot about this disease.

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  • lahna
  • 07-01-2020

Accent too much for me

I tried this but cannot understand the British accent well enough to enjoy the book, so did not finish it.

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  • BookQueen
  • 19-09-2018

A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

This book is just incredibly inspiring. I've suffered from mild-moderate M.E. for a number of years now, and Jessica's zest for life is infectious within these pages. Her determination to continue fighting and use the strength she has to inspire others is beautiful. It has certainly inspired me!

The narrator was a good choice for this audio book. Her voice suits the style and authorship well.

Overall, I did not hesitate to give this audio book a 5* rating and thoroughly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • Kay Hallsworth
  • 11-09-2018

A must read !

As someone who has mild ME I have always realised how lucky I am to have a semblance of normality in my life deposited having this disease for 21 years - this book reminds me so much everyday of that. As an ex nurse I would recommend this to anyone who cares for chronic and critically ill patients, if you believe you are the patients advocate you need to hear this - and when I say here you need to listen to this being narrated by Queenie James to remember every thing Jessica writes about happened when she was a child .
Thank you for this book it is inspiring and especially timely as I am having a bad crash with the ME monster at present!

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  • Jessica & Samuel Taylor-Bearman
  • 25-08-2018

A beautifully written thought provoking true story

An excellent portrayal of a young girl’s fight with very severe ME.
A very moving, honest account of what it’s like to live with this dreadful illness.

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