Bryony’s honesty and vulnerability in discussing her own struggles with mental health and body image make this a powerful read.
Her courageous decision to open up about her experiences is inspiring and serves as a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles and that it’s normal to have low feelings.
The book is incredibly fun to read. From the first page, I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. It’s also easily accessible, yet it packs a punch in terms of its message and impact by teaching you to accept your body and your mind, to just be yourself.
I personally felt recharged and uplifted after reading this book, so I highly recommend it.
To help people who experience mental health issues, Bryony Gordon founded “Mental Health Mates” They meet regularly to walk, connect and share without fear or judgement.
Title: Eat, Drink, Run: How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad
Author: Bryony Gordon
Year First Published: 2018
Content Warnings: Mental illness, Alcoholism, Drug use
Bryony Gordon was not a runner. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional rollercoaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir MAD GIRL, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge, might actually help her.
Going for a run might not banish her sadness but at least it might show it that she was damn well trying to beat it, which is sometimes half the battle. As she began to run further she started to see the limitations she had imposed on her life more clearly. Maybe rather than sitting on the sofa watching the world go by, fulfilling your dreams was just about standing up and taking that first step. Maybe you can do it too.
In April 2017, less than a year after she had weighed herself at over 16 stone but stepped off the scales and started training anyway, Bryony Gordon ran all 26 and 3/4 miles of the London Marathon. Here, in her new amusing memoir, she shows us how extraordinary things can happen to us all if we’re just willing to keep going.