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A powerful, raw and unflinchingly honest account of a life coming undone.

To everyone else, Terri White appeared to be living the dream, named one of Folio's Top Women in US Media and accruing further awards for the magazines she was editing. In reality, she was rapidly skidding towards a mental health crisis that would land her in a locked psychiatric ward as her past caught up with her.

As well as growing up in a household in poverty, Terri endured sexual and physical abuse at the hands of a number of her mother's partners. Her success defied all expectations, but the greater the disparity between her outer achievements and inner demons, the more she struggled to hold everything together.

Coming Undone is the story of Terri's unravelling and her precarious navigation back from a life in pieces.

©2020 Terri White (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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A beautifully raw, powerful, painful and incredibly honest account. It's unlike anything I've ever read before, absolutely brilliant.

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Truth and Courage

I have to be honest and say that I already admired Terri White before I read this book. That hasn’t changed. If anything I have gained even more admiration and respect for her. This book is a incredibly honest and courageous account of the difficulties Terri has suffered in her life and her journey to try and overcome them. It is both inspiring and enlightening. It is however not for the faint hearted as it contains very graphic descriptions of abuse, self harm and mental illness. I would recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with mental health issues but also to people who have not but would like to gain some understanding as to the difficulties a person can encounter. A courageous book. Written with wholehearted honesty by a courageous and inspiring woman.

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Wow!

When I heard that Terri was bringing out her memoirs I was super excited but haven’t had much chance to read since out baby arrived less than 3 months ago. Then I remembered- AUDIBLE! I’m so glad it’s on here and just devoured it in one day during a combination of walks with the bairn. The story is honest in a way that I was unexpecting. I thought it would just be about her rise to editor of the worlds biggest film magazine. Chapters 1 and 2 taught me not to assume, and had me hooked. Strap in folks.

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  • Mary Clark
  • 14-08-20

Courageous story-telling by the person who wrote it

I admire Terri White as Editor-in-Chief of Empire Magazine and Pilot TV Magazine. And knew she was incredibly bright with a gifted ability to articulate her thoughts and feelings and do so with wit and frankness. But this memoir is heartbreaking and I was afraid to listen to it but knew I couldn’t read it - knowing that Terri had voiced the audiobook made it imperative that I hear her read these words about this time in her life. And what she has lived through - I was scared to even begin it because I didn’t know if I could get through it. I knew it was going to be raw but she tells the story in a way that keeps you close to it, unflinchingly keeps you near her as if you are there but helps through the writing to keep you going, to keep you with the story - I knew I had to hear it all, and so through some charm and incredibly nimble language that helps you through the hardest parts to hear and imagine, I got through it. It is uplifting, devastating, so relatable to so many of us who, while not anywhere near the experiences, have felt bereft at where life has taken us at times and that we in the end control and have the freedom to choose where we go. And we can get there. Just courageous - thank you Terri!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-20

Strange, odd and no real conclusion

Good narration and poetic telling of the authors lived experience. As a listener I was left wondering about too many things. The ending was odd and abrupt.