Thirteen-year-old Jessica's life is dictated by the Monkey: a fierce voice inside her that threatens and taunts her into anorexia, and keeps her there. Monkey Taming is the story of Jessica's descent into madness and her struggle to escape from its clutches.
This book is fiction but it reads like a memoir. There is occasional black humour, but also a lot of deep-rooted sadness. The author suffered from anorexia nervosa when she was a young teenager, and as I was reading I had to keep turning to the biography at the front of the book and reassuring myself with its description of her recovery to mental health and a new life.
An intense, realistic and at times uncomfortable read.