Your Voice in My Head
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I'm trying to find ways to describe this book but it's a difficult task because my mind is overwhelmed... in a good way. Emma Forrest is a charismatic and gifted writer, she's also a bipolar. At the age of 16 she was a columnist in The Sunday Times and by the age of 21 a contributor to the Guardian. And then to Vogue and Vanity Fair and The Independent. She interviewed rock bands, writers and Hollywood stars (even dated A-list actors and famous writers). She also published 3 books at that time,...more
Basically, she's a depressed, bulimic cutter who dated Colin Farrell, and she manages to make that interesting about 50-percent of the time. That's...more
To start, I have a confession to make. I didn't know who Emma Forrest was before reading this book. She's published a few other books, written screenplays, blogs, worked as a journalist, and has been invol...more
It was amazing to me how supportive and loving her parents were. Emma's bulimia, cutting, attempted suicide, manic episodes, ir...more
“Perhaps because my family are how they are, it took me a little while to realise…that my quirks had gone beyond eccentricity and past the warm waters of weird to those cold, deep patches of sea where people lose their lives.”
Indeed, coming from a family where whimsy and solipsism seem to be the name of the game, it’s perhaps little surprise that it takes a move from London to New York for writer Emma Forrest to shed the comforting...more
Your Voice is a tribute to the therapist, "Dr. R" who she credits with saving her life. Having achieved "recovery" Emma engages in long-term relationship with "GH" (commonly believed to be Colin Farrel). When GH ends...more
I read Emma Forrest’s ‘Your Voice In My Head’ in one sitting, greedily slurping up her raw, precise prose. I first came across it as a podcast (which I can’t find online) and was instantly captured by the vulnerability and honesty in her voice. It turned up again on Sarah’s list of books.
This memoir details the author’s pattern of recovery and relapse from mental illness, spanning her years as an over-achieving teenage journalist in...more
Anyway. Reading books in one sitting is always more intense than reading bits and pieces over several days with countless breaks inbetween, and it fits the story. I'm not sure if I'd really gone back to it, had I decided to put it down and turn ou...more
The thing that saved this book for me was her very well crafted sentences and the uncontrived way that she linked her themes together. I could tell that Forrest spent a good deal of time working on individual sentences and it shows. Also, it helped knowing that "GH" was Colin Ferrell from the get go. I didn't really see...more
I should maybe alter that to: "Don't read memoirs with mentally ill protagonists because I don't want to give someone a D on a story about suicide attempts, cutting and bulimia." Especially not someone who has already been pummeled with toxic internet sledge by Colin Ferrell fanatics who found her too fat, too ugly to be the actor...more
I'm attracted to memoirs. I'm intrigued by mental illness, it's debilitation and it's manifestation: namely, addiction. In the case of this book, said addiction is self-injury and bulimia. It seems Emma's (to call her 'the author' is too academic; 'Ms. Forrest' too austere) initial intention is to chronicle her battle with these compulsions, along with a touching homage to her l...more
This is an honest book. If you’re looking for powdered-sugar lies, then this is not the right book to read. If, like a large number of us, you have suffered through major depression or manic depression, this is a must read.
Ms. Forrest writes beautifully, there’s no denying that, but it’s not the beauty of her phrases that captivate the mind, but the spine of truth that allows...more
This is a truly exquisite piece of writing; an inventive look at mania and melancholy from t...more
I first read an excerpt of this book on The Guardian's website in January and became obsessed. I couldn't wait until May for it to come out in the States, so I ordered a copy from Amazon in the UK and didn't bat an eyelash at the fact that shipping cost as much as the book (and for that matter, when was the last time I had paid for a new first edition hardcover book? I always wait for the paperback). I needed to read this.
You see, I have my own GH. He decided to run away...more
The book is honest and brutal as she discusses her suicidial tendancies and self mutilation. Despite this, it is...more
Allow me to paraphrase...
I am so messed up, it almost obscures how precocious and brilliant I am. I am full of self-loathing and body image issues in spite of being a beautiful, fashionable waif. I have terrible taste in men - the movie stars, über talented writers, and poetic souls i date are all gorgeous (and tall!) but totally wrong for me. My amazing, eccentric, perfect family are stuck with me and my m...more