Monkey Taming

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Monkey Taming

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'Monkey Taming' is my first novel, which I started when I was sixteen. It's the story of Jess, a teenage girl, who suffers from depression and anorexia so is admitted to an adolescent psychiatric unit. Here's what the publishers say...

'You've eaten too much, you fat pig.' When Jessica was thirteen years old, she met the Monkey. The Monkey lived inside her: a driving, fiery voice telling her that thinness was the only way. The only way to be safe, to be good, to be acceptable and above all, to escape from the cold, looming threat of approaching adulthood. Jessica listened to the Monkey, and it consumed her. This is the illuminating story of a teenage girl's wanderings in darkness: the spiral down into madness, the terrible realities of an adolescent psychiatric unit, and the stark choice that she must either tame her monster - or die. Through memory, reflection, and enduring black humour, Jessica makes a tenuous peace with the world, and with her emerging adult self.

And here's what some other lovely people have said...

'Sad, moving, thought provoking; this novel is all those things. However, it’s also humorous, uplifting and optimistic. An excellent book which faces a difficult issue head on and one to be highly recommended.' –

'Honest, engaging and grimly humorous.' – Publishing News.

'This is much more than just an 'issues' book... extremely well-written and entirely engrossing.' – The Bookseller.

'An accomplished, moving and surprisingly often comic novel.' - Daily Mail ('You')

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