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Writing Therapy

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Can you 'write' yourself well? And if you don't like the story life has written, can you change it? Is is possible to re-write your past and invent for yourself a better future?

Described as 'a self-help book for writers cunningly disguised as an innocent novel', Writing Therapy explores themes of creativity, mental illness, therapy and recovery.

'Tell all the truth, but t
Paperback, second, 269 pages
Published November 18th 2010 by Dotterel Press (first published November 18th 2008)
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This was a book that went everywhere with me during the time I spent reading it. It is one of the most unique books I have ever read. Once I'd finished reading it I felt a certain smugness, as if I alone had discovered a rare jewel.

The narrator is a young woman who leads the reader on a raw excursion into a joust with madness. Writing is used as a most valuable tool in amongst a battery of less useful therapies. Be warned, this book is not an easy read, it is not junk food for the brain and it d
On the surface, Writing Therapy wouldn't be the type of novel I would be particularly drawn to as I have become lazy with my reading choices of late, preferring to pick a book from the bestseller lists so that I have the nod of the masses to narrow my search. This book looked as if it might be hard work. On the back cover it states:

"Can you 'write' yourself well? And if you don't like the story life has written for you, can you really change it? Is it possible to re-write the past?"

It didn't sou
Read this for the YoungMinds book awards and i can safely say it won my award for 'being the most bloody awful. Very fragmented story, no clear idea of what was real and what was imagined, no clear timeline so you got no sense of the protagonist's journey, or where she was in it. Would have needed to read this a few times to grasp anything, but really couldn't face it!!
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A former schoolteacher, Tim Atkinson is now a full-time author working on educational titles for Wayland. His first novel, Writing Therapy, was published in the UK in December 2008 and has been received favourably. Scott Pack (formerly Waterstone's Head Buyer) gave it a three-star rating on his review site, and Denyse Kirkby (author of the memoir, From Zaftig to Aspie) called it 'the mandala of bo ...more
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