Book Review: Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

“A Happy Life with a Mixed-up Mind”

I had seen this book floating around Instagram for a while and had made a mental note to add it to my growing non-fiction pile when I found it, smiling at me, on the ‘New In’ shelf at my local libray. In recent months, a few celebrities, working as ambassadors for mental health charities, have recommended this personal memoir by Bryony Gordon (a hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph newspaper) and rightly so! Bryony’s writing style is open, honest, chatty, relatable and, at times, abolsutely hillarious.

Suffering from an array of health conditions, including OCD, depression, alopecia, bullemia and drug dependency, Bryony talks candidly about her illnesses and how she has managed to “laugh and live well with a mixed-up mind.” Like many others, Bryony has spent most of her life hiding her illnesses in fear of stigmatisation; living, what looked on the outside to others, a fairly priviliged and successful life. In writing this book, Bryony Gordon has proven that mental health should be spoken out. Her use of dark humour throughout expels all taboos and is an incredibly brave, and successful, means to getting more people talking about mental illness.

Rating: 4.5/5

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