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Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought (Paperback)
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Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 12/03/2018
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As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied upon her classmates.

Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it came with a bizarre twist.

Raw and candid, this is a true story from a startlingly original writer. Prepare to be transported to a new world.

Lily Bailey is a model and writer who lives in London. She has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, better known as OCD, and is hoping this, her first book, will adjust the public perception of the condition.

Publisher: Canbury Press
ISBN: 9780993040740
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 207 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Often as chilling as Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, but also full of so much inner and external turbulence that it reminded me at times of The Bourne Identity and Memento. Readers will root for Lily, even when she is attempting to run away from the realities - and sometimes authorities - chasing her ... an intense heart-rending roller coaster of a book ... Because We Are Bad is the most engaging and well-written account of mental health experiences I have read and should be on the reading lists of courses for mental health professionals.'

- WILL BLACK, HUFFINGTON POST


'It's a fascinating read... Buy the book! Buy the book!'

- JO GOOD, BBC RADIO LONDON


'Remarkable... She writes with literary poise and a gift for mordant observation and self-deprecating humor that belie her youth. I hope this book finds a wide readership. It will offer solace to OCD sufferers who will understand that they are not alone and who might gain hope of remission; for other readers, it will provide a harrowing sense of what many OCD sufferers have to endure just to get through the day.'

- SCOTT STOSSEL, WASHINGTON POST


'A harrowingly honest memoir of profound psychological struggle. In her courageous book, the author offers compelling insight into the pain and destructive power of OCD as well as the resilience of a young woman determined to beat the odds.'

- KIRKUS REVIEWS


'London-based model and journalist Bailey offers an authentic and stunning account of her struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder in this beautifully-rendered memoir.'

- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


'Because We Are Bad is an emotional, challenging read. Lily takes us deep into the heart of the illness but she is also a deft writer, and even the darkest moments are peppered with wit and wry observations.'

- JAMES LLOYD, OCD-UK


'A fascinating read. It's brilliantly written; I felt inside your head.'

- RAY D'ARCY SHOW, RTE RADIO 1


'I laughed, I cried. I could not put this book down. Intensely moving with flashes of black humour, Because We Are Bad is the compelling account of one young woman's experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.'

- ROSANNA GREENSTREET, FREELANCE JOURNALIST

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“Welcome to my World!”

Lily Bailey’s story is the story of my life! Throughout the book I laughed, cried, fought, dreamt, struggled and gave up with her. I felt like my darkest secrets were right there in front of me, staring back at me.... More

Hardback edition
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“Courageous.”

What an extremely raw, brutal and honest read.
Lily Bailey reveals everything in this account of her living with OCD, I think this is a fantastic book to read, especially if you are living with someone who suffers... More

Paperback edition
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“An intense look at living with severe OCD”

I've read a few books (fiction and non-fiction) which look at OCD, but Lily Bailey highlights a whole new angle of the illness in Because We Are Bad. The book flows as though it were fiction, following... More

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