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Leanne Waters

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Leanne Waters is an Irish writer and award-winning journalist in her early twenties. She studied English Literature at University College Dublin where she also worked as the Features Editor in the UCD University Observer and won the award for Journalism relating to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the 2011 National Student Media Awards. She has just been accepted for the MA course in Literature and Modernity at UCD.

In 2011 she wrote My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia (Maverick House) which received a huge amount of publicity, including TV and radio interviews. She frequently gives talks to young people on bullying and mental health issues. Her real passion is writing fiction and The Inheritance of Peggy Harte is her first novel. She

The Mythological Decay of Middle-Class America: A Consideration of Jeffrey Eugenides’ Debt to T.S. Eliot and “The Waste Land”

In his workAmerican Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword, Seymor Martin Lipset evokes the sentiments of historian Richard Hofstadter, who coined the now famous notion that America is an ideology in and of itself (See Footnote 1). Lipset writes that – as the first ‘new’ n...

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My Secret Life
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"I got this book from the Goodreads giveaway and I have to admit that the first chapters were hard for me to go through. It was a bit like being lost in someone else's mind and not being able to follow through. I guess this is the result of Waters..." Read more of this review »
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"I found this book to be exceptional, for so many reasons it's hard to express in this short piece.

Leanne's writing style is up there with the best - descriptive, articulate and richly metaphorical; the recall of her experience so detailed - as onl..." Read more of this review »
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“The barriers we face in life are so often the ones we create in our minds. As a child I couldn’t open that wooden gate because my body prevented me from doing so. As a teenager it seemed I couldn’t open that door because my mind held me hostage. The world that waited beyond it now was no longer one of safety or escape. Instead, I knew every time that I opened that door, it would be to a life of psychological insecurity and emotional entrapment. She - that cerebral leech who clung to all my thoughts - convinced me of this fact. Only with her could I find and maintain an asylum of mental armour”
Leanne Waters, My Secret Life

“My body had never felt so small or so fragile. In one sense, it was a moment of ecstasy and I was comforted with soft, almost compassionate, encouragement.

"Delicate," she said. The word imprinted on me like the cold before it. I was weak and going numb, but I was delicate. This is what I had wanted. I wanted to lose weight and retain some ounce of delicacy to resemble that of the spider-figured women I had seen in all those flashing images. Suddenly, the lack of strength displayed by my body was counterbalanced with a surging lease of mental satisfaction and might. As I lay in bed, buried under all my layers of clothes and bed sheets, the warmth still could not reach me. It was too late for that now and I didn’t care. I just wanted to sleep, basking in my success and enduring the cold until I could finally slip into a forgetful slumber.”
Leanne Waters, My Secret Life

“If I had the capacity to withstand instantaneous physical pain, I think I would have even considered taking a razor to my leg. Because after so long of living in that hole, I would have rather felt pain than nothing at all; I just wanted to feel something again. You reach a milestone in such illnesses when denial lifts and you realize that the things you do are truly damaging both to yourself and to others. By then, however, you learn to not care and you embrace the notion that this method of self-harming is both deserved and satisfying.”
Leanne Waters, My Secret Life

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