Faber & Faber, £7.99
Naval gazing, By Anne H. Putnam: Book review
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 03 January 2014
This is a no-holds-barred account of weight gain, weight loss and all the psychological torments in between – from the trauma of wearing a swimming costume or not being able to zip up a garment in a shop changing room, to being seen as invisible by boys as a 20-stone teenager.
Putnam's intimate memoir raises the stakes with the most intimate and eye-watering detail on what it means to grow up being very, very big in a world that despises fatness.
She charts the minutiae from early podginess to gastric-band surgery aged 17, followed by rampant romances and at last, an uneasy peace.
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