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That Was When People Started to Worry

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‘In the waiting room, I see a lot of people who I could tell had real, serious Problems. They deserve to be here. I don’t. I’m a fraud. A lazy wreck seeking an excuse for her incompetence. I’m useless.’ (Abby, 24)

Having conducted over 100 hours of interviews with 60 British women aged 16-25, Nancy Tucker - the author of The Time In Between, an ‘astonishingly good’ (Sunday Times) memoir of a life consumed by eating disorders – explores what it’s like to suffer from serious mental illness as a young woman. 

With raw honesty, sensitivity and humour, That Was When People Started to Worry examines real experiences of anxiety, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, OCD, binge eating disorder, PTSD and dissociative identity disorder. Giving a voice to those like Abby who can’t speak out themselves, Tucker presents a unique window into the day-to-day trials of living with an unwell mind.

©2018 Nancy Tucker (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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This means you

Everyone should listen to this book, whether you have a mental illness yourself or not or whether you know someone with a mental illness or not. I tried to read it in print, but audio gave it life.

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you're not alone

A must read for anyone who is struggling with mental health and think they are the only one. A great read for loved ones who struggle to understand the sometimes very unloveable behaviour we present.

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EnidBlyton on acid - awful. This book made me sad.

The idea itself is fine(ish)...from real-person interviewing the author creates amalgam ‘representative’ stories of individual young women living with - sorry *suffering from* - specific mental health problems. Its clear too from the intro the author is genuinely motivated to (re)present accurately & with meaning.. I dipped into four chapters, willing each to be less gauche & less silly in content & delivery than the one before but couldnt unfortunately, hear a single chapter out; I found this an unfortunate mixup of generalities, stereotypes and infinitely/unhelpfully middle class in orientation.

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Nice idea, poorly executed

What could have been a really good and interesting idea was completely ruined by the overly-dramatised depictions of each illness. The author, in an apparent attempt to humanize those with mental illness, goes too far in the other direction and makes each individual into caricatures. The stories themselves would have been completely believable and infinitely more interesting without this over-the-top approach. The narrator for this was awful- terribly shrill and difficult to listen to, lending the whole affair a more "chick-lit" feel than was intended. Very disappointed