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Hands: An Anxious Mind Unpicked (Hardback)
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Hands: An Anxious Mind Unpicked (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages
Published: 20/01/2022
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Waterstones Says

Mining the interconnected causes of anxiety that made her compulsively pick her skin, Brown’s unflinchingly candid but beautifully hopeful memoir is an arresting meditation on mental health, obsession and healing.

I didn't give my hands much thought before they turned against me... They have been chipping away at my life, slowly, slowly, in a way I could never have predicted.

Lauren Brown is anxious. And when she feels worried, she picks at her skin. Secretly, quietly, but increasingly compulsively, her skin-picking begins to affect her day-to-day life until she realizes she must unravel the reasons behind it.

This sparkling memoir follows the thread of Lauren's anxiety - tangled and frayed - back to its source. Written with rare wit and insight, it is an attempt to redirect the anxiety that's pooled in her fingertips for as long as she can remember, released in odd bursts in caravan parks, on European holidays, at GP surgeries and on the wind-stung north-east coast. It is a moving and joyful exploration of obsession, forgiveness, stigma and healing, and a true love-song to the north.

Thoughtful, unsparing and at times darkly comic, Hands is the masterful debut of a luminous new talent.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008465766
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Lauren articulates her experience of mental health difficulties in raw, intense and absorbing style.' - Matt Haig

'What a book Lauren Brown has written! A new voice is here. Hands is bright and vivid in the scenes it summons up, brave in its candour, moving in the story it tells, and very often very funny.' - Robert Macfarlane

'Light beautifully shed on a subject seldom talked about. This book is frank, raw and generous.' - Helen Mort, author of A Line Above the Sky: On Mountains and Motherhood

'Part detective story, part memoir, Hands is a voyage of discovery written with refreshing candour and clarity. Lauren took me with her every step of the way: I was left moved, enlightened and hopeful.' - Kathryn Mannix, author of Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations

'A beautifully crafted story that crosses thresholds of raw courage and truths shared. I absolutely loved Lauren's voice... such intensity and bittersweet humour that I found myself laughing and crying within a matter of seconds.' - Maxine Chung, author of The Eighth Girl

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“Insightful and Refreshing”

I was really keen to get a copy of this to review as it resonated with me personally. It is a great mix of memoir and mindfulness, which demonstrates that while you may be aware of destructive behaviours, that... More

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“A joyous ode to an anxious mind”

Hands is a beautiful and witty reflection on growing up anxious. Packed with early noughties Teesside nostalgia, Brown creates a world in which young wonky brains can be celebrated and nurtured, rather than fought... More

“A thoughtful, hilarious tour of life as a person with obsessive behaviours”

This author absolutely nails the energy of anxiety in her writing, while also providing a thoughtful and often hilarious tour of her own life. We’re treated to flowing montages of memories, sometimes seemingly... More

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