An Apple a Day

  • by Emma Woolf
  • Narrated by Emma Woolf
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I haven't tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I'm walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels'? She's wrong: chocolate does.
At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life. Addicted to hunger, exercise and control, she was juggling a full-blown eating disorder with a successful career, functioning on an apple a day. Having met the man of her dreams (and wanting a future and a baby together), she embarked on the hardest struggle of all: to beat anorexia. It was time to start eating again, to regain her fertility and her curves, to throw out the size-zero clothes and face her food fears. And, as if that wasn’t enough pressure, Emma took the decision to write about her progress in a weekly column for The Times.
Honest, hard hitting and yet romantic, An Apple a Day is a manifesto for the modern generation to stop starving and start living. This compelling, life-affirming true story is essential reading for anyone affected by eating disorders (whether as a sufferer or carer), anyone interested in health and social issues – and for medical and health professionals.

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What did you love best about An Apple a Day?

How honest the author is. I enjoyed her voice as well, though it does have a "sticky" quality that grates after a while.


What other book might you compare An Apple a Day to and why?

Biting Anorexia - they are both candid diary type stories about the struggle back to health.


Which scene was your favorite?

When she was describing her own fascination with Posh spice. Who wouldn't identify with her thoughts on the glamorous supermom persona Posh has adopted. Also, how she describes her and Tom's trip across the western states of the US. To see America from the point of view of an an eating disordered English woman was interesting.


Any additional comments?

It is obvious from the author's point of view that she was still firmly in the grips of anorexia while writing this. Some of her interpretations of situations or other people's advise show a deep need to hang on to her disease. I came to really root for her though, and will surely listen to it again.

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- Amanda

A memoir of a silver spoon, maybe.

The book is blah. The author is a columnist for some UK newspaper. She is related to Virginia Woolf, which she continually alludes to, and I think is trying to make you believe that writing talent is hereditary. Newsflash: it isn't.

The book focuses primarily on Emma's desire to have a baby. In order to do so, she must gain enough weight, but she just whines about having to eat, and her infinitely patient boyfriend who takes her to fancy hotels every weekend. I did not feel much of anything, and when I realized I had gotten practically to the end without any character arc or development, just more whining, I quit.
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- S. covely

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios