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.