Bronte’s Story – Bronte Cullis & Steve Bibb

Bronte Cullis lived in Canada for five years trying to recover from anorexia nervosa. A gifted artist, Bronte has completed an interior design and make-up design course since returning to her home city of Melbourne. She plans to establish a career in the art world. This is her first book.

Steve Bibb is a successful television producer who owns his own company, Flyscreen Productions. Steve met Bronte Cullis while working with Ray Martin for the Nine Network Australia in 1999. Since then he has produced and directed two one-hour documentaries on Bronte, her mother Jan and their efforts to help eating disorder sufferers. This is his first book.

The book in one sentence: The subtitle of this book is Tears, Trials and Triumphs: A Personal Battle with Anorexia.

Who would you recommend it to: Girls. And their mothers.

Best bits: Observing her progress as she recovers from anorexia.

Boring bits: The monotonous diary entries, which whines and whinges on the same issues everyday, and are often contradictory. However, this shows a genuine picture of how frustrating it is to fight a mental disease.

Verdict: Very simply written, it is not exactly a good read. However, it is quite illuminating as it shows you what anorexia is really like and dispels certain myths about it. For instance, Bronte’s refusal to eat never came from some negative family influence that think fat is bad; it just manifested itself that way. She is also riddled with obsessive-compulsive behaviours.

Visit the Bronte Foundation website.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. silverneurotic
    Apr 13, 2007 @ 09:42:25

    I’ll have to add that book to books to read, I love books about mental illness (have a B.A. in Psych). I haven’t heard of this book, I hope it’s available in the US.

    sulz: oo, that must be nice – am a bit interested in psych and books about mental illnesses. oh, wished have saved that book for you, could’ve send it to you. instead, i’ve donated it to the library. 😦 you could try searching in amazon…


  2. thepocket
    Apr 18, 2007 @ 12:38:19

    I remember watching her interview with Ray Martin when she was in the grips of the disease. It was gut wrenching, I thinking every mother wanted to hug her and every girl wished not to be in her shoes.

    sulz: then you should read this book, because you know who she is. it has a happy ending. 🙂


    • Jade
      Jan 28, 2010 @ 11:30:44

      I am 19 years old, and i am almost finished the book that was written by Steve Bibb and Bronte Cullis, and it is so emotional it is so heart- wrenching. I remember i was about 6 when i first saw Bronte on television. My mum said she was very sick and that she wouldn’t eat because she felt sick. I look back now, and i honestly feel so sad of because of what she went through, but so amazed and proud that she has accomplished so much after her long battle!

      I hope every moment for you now is full of happiness and laughter!! I think you are such an amazing young lady and to see you grow and succeed was awsome!! lol

      i say YOU GO GIRL!!



  3. Erin
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 00:03:12

    Bronte, youre such a strong person. Incredible strength of character. I cant tell u how much i’m in awe of who you are. I understand you, i too had anorexia. your similarities to me are breathtaking as i read all of your book. There’s something very special about you. You’re personality is so pure, genuine.You remained so down-to-earth, humble and kind-hearted thru it all. I have an identical twin sister whom i’m so close to. We both went thru anorexia together. I almost feel like i know you though never met you


  4. Robyn Spedding
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 14:07:14

    The first time i saw you Bronte, was in a hospital ward, My daughter was in hospital with a kidney disease and the renal ward was full. For 24 hrs i saw the hell you were in, and i cried for you… We had to push my daughters bed out of the ward so she could eat her meals…… I sat with your mum and cried with her. I have followed you on the tv since then, and still i cry for you, lol. Your getting married and i couldnt be happier for you…… Bronte, you have inspired so many people with your strength and tenacity, you will always be in my heart. xoxoxoxoxox


  5. Kailey
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 09:04:08

    My mother recomended this book to resad it that week. It was really touching and at times made me want to cry at the things she said about herself. It is really worth the read.


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