#BookReview by Lou of The Fear Talking – The True Story of a Young Man And Anxiety by Chris Westoby @ChrisWestoby @BarbicanPress #RandomThingsTours #health #wellbeing #mentalhealth #nonfiction

The Fear Talking – The True Story of a Young Man And Anxiety
By Chris Westoby
Rated: 4 stars ****

A day late due to technical issues outwith my control. Apologies…Today I’m delighted to close the blog tour of The Fear Talking. It is one that perhaps will resonate with people and for those of us who don’t have this anxiety within us, it is a good study and will people will be able to empathise.

About the Author

christopher Westoby

Author information: Chris Westoby has a PhD in Creative Writing at the
University of Hull, where he is now Programme Director of the Hull Online Creative
Writing MA. He guest lectures in subjects of mental health, teaches reflective writing
to Mental Health Nursing Students, and runs cross-faculty writing workshops. Chris
was born and raised in Barton, on the Lincolnshire side of the Humber, where he still
lives.

The Fear Talking Cover Image

Blurb

Chris knows he will never get over his anxiety. He didn’t
want a ‘How to get better’ book. He wanted to understand his
condition. So he wrote this book.
• An honest heart-breaking account of how generalized anxiety disorder affected Chris, his family and everyone around him, yet went undiagnosed.
‘Westoby’s memoir succeeds brilliantly. The reader comes away with a new and profound understanding of what mental illness feels like from within.’ Jonathan Taylor, Associate
Professor of Creative Writing, University of Leicester
‘This book offers young people an insight into the range of unique ways the world can be experienced and the chance to reflect on their own struggles and know they are not alone in
these. I have recommended this book to my academic colleagues, my students and my
children.’
Dr Judith Dyson, Reader Healthcare Research, Birmingham City University
‘Chris Westoby shows us what it is to make use of the resonant power of words to offer a
portal into what it is really like. A vital touchstone for public and health professionals alike,
to understand deeply, to see and to learn from first person experience.’
Kathleen T. Galvin, Professor of Nursing Practice, University of Brighton

Review

The book begins with Chris and his parents in Orlando looking at a space shuttle. It should have been exciting, and all that adrenaline should have been pumping and endorphins going round, but instead it is quite the opposite. Chris tells how he feels, this includes what he feels when anxious. It is graphic, real symptoms. I don’t mean anything gory or anything like that, I just mean, he tells it how it actually is for him and instead of enjoyment of life and this experience, it is more than a deep uncomfortableness. Anyone who experiences or has ever experienced anxiety will relate and it will also assist those who want to find out more what it can be like, which can be useful if you have a partner or friend etc who suffers from this or maybe in the future you might.

Chris then takes readers to his home in England and he meets a girl, Emma and attends college. The magnitude of anxiety and all that comes with it like self-doubt and talking yourself out of something really shows. The words etch into you, they become absorbing and immersive.

There are conversations in college around his learning, which is interesting, but so is the mindset of both tutors and Chris in many ways around this and the fact he needs to see a nurse and then a counsellor. It goes into detail of what actually goes through Chris’s mind when he needs to get this type of support and has an appointment.

The book progresses somewhat in that it shows more about the next stages and whether he stays at college or not and the decisions made, but all the while, showing his anxiety. The book shows the juxtopositions of Chris’s life of what he desires and wants to have the possibility to acheive and what his fear and anxiety is doing, that is curtailing this and ultimately gives a vision of what it is like to be okay until a certain age and later develop anxiety.

The Fear Talking BT Poster

Advertisement

One thought on “#BookReview by Lou of The Fear Talking – The True Story of a Young Man And Anxiety by Chris Westoby @ChrisWestoby @BarbicanPress #RandomThingsTours #health #wellbeing #mentalhealth #nonfiction

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s