An inner struggle against the most insidious voice of all

An inner struggle against the most insidious voice of all
Nancy Tucker: ‘There is a voyeuristic something about anorexia nervosa which makes sufferers crave its gory, ugly depths’ Picture: Getty

non-fiction: The Time In Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope. By Nancy Tucker. Icon Books, €17.25. Reviewed by Fiona Ness.

Perfect. That’s what Nancy Tucker wants to be. Being perfect means pleasing people. Being perfect means being super bright. If she’s perfect, her father will engage with her, her teachers will applaud her, her mother will focus all her attention on her, her classmates will befriend her. And if she can’t be perfect, she wants to be small.

When she was 11 years old, Nancy Tucker developed the eating disorder anorexia nervosa....

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