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Pulling Myself Together
Pulling Myself Together - Denise Welch
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Pulling Myself Together - Denise Welch
Date: 18/05/11, updated on 25/07/13 (54 review reads)
Advantages: A very insightful biography
Disadvantages: None really - Even if you're not a fan of Denise the story of her life is very insightful
As well as reading fiction, I enjoy the occasional non-fiction, normally in the form of an autobiography. A short while ago I had a voucher for Waterstones and decided to use it when they had a 'buy two, get one free' offer on certain books. As well as purchasing two fiction books I decided to pick up Denise Welch's autobiography.
Why Denise Welch? Well, I've never really been a Corrie fan I have to say, but I am a big Waterloo Road fan (which I loved her in) and also love watching her on Loose Women (I am watching Loose Women as we speak! :-P). Now, in Waterloo Road, Denise was obviously playing a character - in the form of Steph Haydock. However, in Loose Women the viewer is able to get a bit more of an insight into who this woman really is, and I decided to read her autobiography to learn a little more about her.
Without giving away too much of the book, (you'll have to give it a read!) Denise gives an honest account of the things that have happened to her at different stages in her life. Recalling a different number of events from her childhood right up until the present day she describes how they affected her. For anyone that reads womens magazines or watches Loose Women, you are probably aware of how Denise has suffered with things throughout her life including depression (including post-natal depression), alcoholism, and drug use. She does not shy away from discussing these issues in her biography, giving a full honest account of her life even when describing her darkest moments.
That isn't to say she has this 'feeling sorry for herself' attitude - this is not the case, and the book doesn't come across this way. It isn't all doom and gloom either. There are many happier events that are also discussed throughout, and Denise's humour means there are several laugh out loud moments.
This isn't a particularly difficult read, but a very emotional and insightful one. From a personal point of view it appealed to me as I have suffered periods of depression myself, and books like Denise's allows sufferers to realise that they are not alone, and allow those that haven't suffered to have a bit of an insight to what coping with it is really like.
The version of the book that I read was a newer paperback edition with an extra chapter at the end in which Denise discusses the effects that her biography has had on people since it's first release. This version is currently on Amazon for £4.23 and qualifies for free delivery. It is also possible to buy a used copy from a penny! The original hardback copy (the one in the picture) is on Amazon for £8.50 (with free delivery), with the cheapest used copies starting at £1.33.
Summary: Straight talking, honest, emotional, with humour throughout
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