|Published October 1st 2012 by Souvenir|
A Year in the Life of Touretteshero
Jessica Thom has Tourettes Syndrome and lives with the knowledge that her behaviour is quite often viewed with mistrust and apprehension. In Welcome to Biscuit Land, Jessica sets out on a year long quest to record the trials and tribulations of her life. And leaving nothing unspoken or left out, Jessica has with great wit and charm completely overturned my thinking about Tourette’s syndrome, and those whose lives are affected bit it.
Jess is an amazing narrator, she calls it as she sees it with language which is at times rich and colourful, but ultimately what shines through is Jess’s personality, so that you quickly see beyond the tics and gestures, and notice the warm and wonderful, and totally unique person underneath.
I think what this book does is forcibly remind us that to some extent we all live in our own version of biscuit land, and yes, alright, perhaps most times we are able to suppress the bulk of our emotions, but the world be a less colourful place if we all had the ability to conform.
Jessica Thom is certainly my Touretteshero and long may she reign over Biscuit Land.
My thanks to Jessica and Souvenir Press Ltd for my review copy of this book.