Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking (Hardback)
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Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 07/04/2022
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Exploring the intersection between neurodivergence, fixation and disorder, Eloise's courageously honest memoir of life lived in thrall to obsession is an immensely important contribution to a frequently misunderstood topic.

Obsessive was, still is, my natural state, and I never wondered why. I didn't mind, didn't know that other people could feel at peace. I always felt like a raw nerve, but then, I thought that everyone did.

Writer and journalist Marianne Eloise was born obsessive. What that means changes day to day, depending on what her brain latches onto: fixations with certain topics, intrusive violent thoughts, looping phrases. Some obsessions have lasted a lifetime, while others will be intense but only last a week or two.

P>Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking is a culmination of a life spent obsessing, offering a glimpse into Marianne's brain, but also an insight into the lives of others like her. From death to Medusa, to Disneyland to fire, to LA to her dog, the essays explore the intersection of neurodivergence, fixation and disorder, telling the story of one life underpinned and ultimately made whole by obsession.

Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 9781785788154
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 28 mm


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The mortifying ordeal of being known, minus the ordeal and sans mortification. I felt recognised on every page, learned so many new things, and laughed so hard I choked on my water. Read this!!! - Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times

In her candid, witty memoir, Marianne Eloise offers a powerful account of what it is like to feel trapped by mental health problems and obsessions ... A brave book that puts vulnerability fully on show. - Independent

Incandescent [...] Eloise's wit and grace cast her differences in a dazzling light [...] the result is a rewarding navigation through the corridors of a relentlessly curious mind. - Publishers Weekly

There are several shrewd observations made within this lucid and level-headed memoir. Amongst them is the way the matrix of obsession, compulsion and intrusion represents an exaggeration of conventional anxieties. - Arts Desk

Did not disappoint [...] a really good portrayal of neurodiversity in an entertaining and enjoyable way' - Eleanor, NetGalley

Lyrical, often funny, ... the essays will leave readers feeling secondhand joy and maybe even encouragement to own their love for their own less-than-cool favorite things. - NYLON

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“Wonderful memoir essay collection”

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I've been a fan (if that's the right word) of Marianne Eloise for a while - I feel like she was one of the first women my... More

Hardback edition
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“Masterpiece of a memoir”

This beautifully written memoir tackles so many difficult topics with such care. It is funny, hopeful, and all round a brilliant read.

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