Wednesday, 5 August 2015

BOOKS // LETTING GO


Letting Go by Emma Woolf

Emma Woolf, great niece of Virginia Woolf, is someone whose journey I've followed for a while now because she too, is recovered from Anorexia. After reading her previous books, it would have been wrong to not read her latest book, Letting Go.

I'd say this book is a self help kind of book, for those who want to let go of negative baggage, gain confidence and live a more free lifestyle. Although I didn't read it with the intention of doing any of those things, I did fly through this book because I love Emma's writing style and ideas. She covers topics from disordered eating, yoga, relationships, the digital age and the ongoing contemporary battle with perfectionism.  Alongside this, she includes her advice on how to engage in specific activities, in the hope of clearing your mind.

I think what makes this book a great read, is that Emma includes her own personal experiences, and isn't that what we really want from a book? Something we can relate to properly, without just being told what to do? We all love an honest, real, author with personal experience of what they're writing about, and I think that's what makes this book different from all the other 'self-help' books. Emma really does have lived experience of many of the topics she discusses, and in that sense, the book could be described as part memoir too. I know I can really relate to this book, especially in the last chapter where Emma discusses how all she ever wanted to do was help or inspire someone who is suffering from an eating disorder. Whilst I don't necessarily agree with her definition of 'recovered', I do believe that by writing her books, she is managing to do exactly what she set out to do, and I admire her for that.

I think anyone would benefit from reading this book, even if you're the most confident person alive. This book is just a nice reminder that life is not perfect, comparison is utterly pointless, and letting go of hurt is perhaps one of the hardest but most rewarding and beneficial things you can ever do.
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