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Bite Sized

A mother's journey alongside anorexia
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Bite Sized is a mother's story of striving to nourish her child. It is about a monster that lurks close by all of us in the modern world - the monster of 'too much' and 'not enough'. It is about a ravenous illness and threads, between parents and children, that connect, entangle, unravel and stretch. Above all, it is about taking on the monsters and trusting in the importance of love.
  • Published: Sep 21 2014
  • Pages: 168
  • 232 x 156mm
  • ISBN: 9781908363114
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Press Reviews

  • Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh, Great Ormond Street Hospital

    Compact, compelling and courageous, Bite Sized is a brave and honest account of a mother's experience of her daughter's anorexia. It should be recommended reading for all health care professionals.
  • From the foreword by Philip Gross, author of The Wasting Game

    To speak with clarity and sensitivity, in a language so free of the too-available response of guilt or blame, is in itself a kind of care.
  • Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive of Beat

    A powerful insight into the impact that an eating disorder can have on the whole family.
  • Erica Husain, Parent

    Bite Sized speaks to me directly, as I imagine it will to any parent who has witnessed the horror of anorexia. A book to be shared with anyone who knows what it is to care.
  • Katie Green, author of Lighter Than My Shadow

    Bite Sized is a brave and searing account from a mother navigating her daughter's anorexia... honest and moving, not shying away from how painful it is, Bite Sized nonetheless offers hope and a side of the story that needs to be heard.
  • Dr Clare Short, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

    A generous gift for healthcare professionals, carers, and all who live with challenges of mental and physical conditions - or simply with the ups and downs of being human.
  • Journal of Eating Disorders, 2015

    Bite Sized is by turns deeply personal, disturbing and ultimately uplifting ... Fiona Hamilton has captured the very essence of a parent's experience of having a child with an eating disorder and distilled it into an extraordinarily powerful account. She has taken her hard won insights and through them illustrated the impact on a family when a loved one develops this most challenging of conditions: anorexia nervosa.
  • Bristol University Psychiatric Society, 2015

    It's a short book. Most of the pages have only a few lines on them, a few thoughts, with little punctuation. However, the language, though sparse, is beautifully and carefully written in a mix of poetry and prose. I personally feel that a journey through the experience of something so difficult to talk about should not be over-complicated by too much unnecessary detail, and for this writing style, it is the space between the sentences that is important and provokes reflection. As a student, one of the most important messages is that knowing how to 'fix' or treat someone is not always possible, and that being honest with the family is crucial in maintaining a long-term therapeutic relationship.