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Mad Girl Audiobook

Mad Girl

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Publisher's Summary

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 five 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 best-selling 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.

©2016 Bryony Gordon (P)2016 Headline Digital

What the Critics Say

"What a book! I read this like a thriller, I was so gripped. I feel comforted by this book; by the honesty, insight, compassion, and the beautiful writing. Mad Girl is going to be seismic." (Marian Keyes)
"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)
"Funny, warm and fearlessly honest. This book is a must for anyone who's ever lost their mind but was too polite to mention it." (Sali Hughes)
"A powerful and intimate look at the way our minds can torment us, this honest and rather beautiful book will bring comfort to those who fear they are alone in their madness." (Cathy Rentzenbrink)

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  • Katie
    Denver, CO
    4/05/17
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    "Must Read"

    Loved it! Thank you for stepping of the comfort zone & having the hard talk. So many need it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sandy
    20/06/16
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    "Read at 100 miles an hour"

    Authors should not read their own work. I couldn't engage with the story as it was read too fast to start with . This was a shame because the content was worthy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paula Filipowicz
    30/09/16
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    "Really good real story of mental health"

    I am about to become a Therapist. Stories like that really help future people from health sector to grasp other side of the illness. Not only labelling people but getting to know individual story behind the person. Worth listening to.
    But sometimes Bryony shouted too loud, especially if you have your headphones on :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SilentSinger
    London
    30/09/16
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    "Mad Narrator"

    I'm really interested in the subject matter, the author having experienced OCD, so buoyed on by the many positive reviews, I decided to purchase this book. Oh dear, I only managed to sit through three chapters of Gordon breathlessly galloping and shouting her way through the book.

    It's a shame because she's clearly an intelligent and informed woman, but I was starting to get a headache. Thank goodness for the Audible great listen guarantee!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • mandy sedgwick
    8/04/17
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    "Mad is the new normal"

    Incredibly honest and made me feel i am ok....
    It's important not to keep your condition to yourself...
    Share your feelings and you won't be so closed in

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    28/12/16
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    "Changed My Life"

    Listening to the author reading this book on OCD and mental health has completely normalised the whole illness to me. making me feel human again. Thank You xx

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    16/07/17
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    "Amazing"

    I can't believe how much this book is written about someone like me!!
    Well written entertaining while describing how OCD grips you.
    Laughed out loud and cried as well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TJ
    30/06/17
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    "Very interesting"

    This audiobook is a very interesting listen, I started listening to it a couple of months ago and found that I had to stop about an hour into it, I was concerned it may too bring me down and trigger my OCD and that It may have been a bit depressing so I thought it was best to leave it alone, Bryony pointed out at the beginning that this is no self-help book so I stopped listening, however this week I decided to give it another go and boy am I glad I did, Bryony is so brave to talk about what she's gone through and it makes an incredible read, you have to admire her courage to talk publicly about her personal life. I found this book absolutely amazing, it's well worth a listen even if you do have to turn the volume down sometimes because she can get quite loud, haha!
    I don't want to sound patronising so please forgive me if it comes across that way but well done Bryony for coming out and putting your story out there for all to read or listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/06/17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this book"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I haven't listened to an audio book in a long time but thought this was great. Bryony shares her experiences and is honest, yet able to make the subjects humorous. She says things that a lot of us might have thought at some stage in our lives when we thought we might have been the only ones. Inspiring. Would definitely recommend. Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    23/06/17
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    "Just awesome!"

    This audio book was the best travelling companion! I listened to this while driving through France recently. Alternating giggles and feelings of gut wrenching heartache. My mother was clinically depressed for most of her life and had severe OCD so Bryony's story resonated with me very deeply. Thanks for such bravery and inspiration Briony!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    24/04/17
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    "Mad Girl very apt title"

    I have never heard of this author before and chose book as recommended by Richard and Judy bookclub. The author read this which I think is always a mistake and a professional narrative would have enhanced it.
    One in Four people suffer with a mental health issue and its often forgotten that without mental health there is no health.
    Thus it is can only be positive that mental health is now in the media glare with the Royal Family ‘Heads Together’ campaign.
    This talks in honest detail of what suffering with mental ill health feels like up close and personal. I admire and commend Bryony Gordon’s tenacity to share her experiences ‘warts and all’.
    I wish to show no disrespect as a close family member has significant mental health issues. The selfishness and the 'only me and my needs' outlook of the person as discussed by Bryony I can so relate to
    I read it in one sitting and now think that was a mistake. I would recommend reading it in short segments with other life being lived in between. I personally found it extremely overwhelming, manic and full on and felt like I needed to be in a sound proof no action room for a month after it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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