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May 11 2020

First, we make the beast beautiful by Sarah Wilson

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MacMillan, 2017. ISBN: 9781743535868.
(Age: Adult) A book for the times, perhaps, a reprint of Sarah Wilson's book about anxiety has now been published. Over-researched and wordy, the book is a mix of un-referenced research snippets, therapy ideas and confessional anecdotes. It rattles along at the pace of a hyper-anxious mind. Wilson makes her references available on her website but there is no numbering of notes and the curious reader just has page numbers and the lead-in words of a sentence to try to find relevant sources. Yet as a self-help book it seems to have resonated with many if one can go by the comments collected in the preface and online. There are so many ideas, it is almost inevitable that there will be something worth taking away, so anxiety sufferers will probably recognise some shared experiences and find suggestions for ways to live with their anxiety. On the last page there is a list of professional sources of help.
Themes: Anxiety, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Mental illness.
Helen Eddy

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