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Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield

by Sophie Green

Tyranny, by Lesley Fairfield

"Do I know you?"

"You've always known me, silly... I'm Tyranny, your other self. I keep you thin."

One day, horrified by her reflection in the mirror, Anna makes a life-changing decision – that food is the enemy. Her obsession with being thin and beautiful will now dominate her every waking and sleeping hour. Should she falter or show any signs of weakness, Tyranny, her inner voice of "reason" will be only too willing to push her back into line. Years later, when Anna finally finds the strength to defeat her personal demon, it will be a matter of life and death.

Calyx Allerton-Bullard, Reading Well Project Assistant says:

A genuine and moving tale about a young woman called Anna, struggling with anorexia and bulimia. It recounts the beginning of the tale with a girl of perfect health, to the spiral down to disordered eating, and Anna’s fight to heal.

It is a relatively quick read, as a graphic novel, but it paints a personal picture of the experience of having an eating disorder – and would make for excellent reading for anyone wanting to work with people in high school, or as recommended reading for any girl in her teens.

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