Bloodletting: A Memoir of Secrets, Self-Harm and Survival

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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Bloodletting/ - , letting/ n.

1. Phlebotomy, the act or process of letting blood or bleeding, as by opening a vein or artery.

2. Outmoded medical practice used as a cure for illnesses ranging from fevers to hysteria.

Bloodletting is a frank, compelling and at times darkly humorous memoir boldly challenging the silence surrounding one of mental health's last taboos.

A close relative of bulimia and anorexia, it is estimated that up to 1 per cent of the population has intentionally harmed itself - yet for the most part it is a behaviour that goes unspoken, dismissed as the attention-seeking actions of prison in-mates or delinquent teenagers.

If you had run into Victoria on the street during her darkest days you would never have known the torment she endured. Confident, polite and articulate she could have been your sister, your workmate, your friend, your lover.

Yet from her late teens and throughout her twenties Victoria Leatham struggled with the overwhelming desire to hurt herself, a desire that was all-consuming and shaped every aspect of her life. And while not everyone who feels stressed, insecure or depressed will physically turn upon themselves, anyone who has ever felt out of control will recognise the logic that drove her.

Today Victoria is a happy, successful 30-something professional who only occasionally glances sideways at the bathroom cabinet.
  

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Review: Bloodletting: A Memoir of Secrets, Self-Harm, and Survival

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I just received this book today. I starting reading it at 11pm and finished it at about 2am. It was a truly gripping book that I could not put down. Leatham has really written the book amazingly. I ... Read full review

Review: Bloodletting: A Memoir of Secrets, Self-Harm, and Survival

User Review  - Nicolette - Goodreads

I thought it was an ok book. interesting book but her story was repetitive I guess I would say. It was the same story pretty much in every chapter. I got exhausted reading about how many times she ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
8
Chapter 3
15
Chapter 4
27
Chapter 5
35
Chapter 6
42
Chapter 7
47
Chapter 16
112
Chapter 17
116
Chapter 18
122
Chapter 19
128
Chapter 20
132
Chapter 21
145
Chapter 22
148
Chapter 23
160

Chapter 8
54
Chapter 9
64
Chapter 10
68
Chapter 11
81
Chapter 12
87
Chapter 13
93
Chapter 14
103
Chapter 15
108
Chapter 24
165
Chapter 25
169
Chapter 26
175
Chapter 27
181
Chapter 28
189
Epilogue
198
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About the author (2005)

Victoria Leatham works in the communications industry.

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