‘The Queen of contemporary family dramas’– Daily Mail
‘A deeply emotional, unputdownable read’ – RED
‘If you love JoJo Moyes and Freya North, you’ll love this’ – Closer
• The Daily Mail’s Best Family Fiction title of 2015 for A Mother’s Story
• Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year for 2015 for A Mother’s Story
• Selected as a 2016 World Book Night title for Perfect Daughter
by Amanda Prowse
Published by Lake Union Publishing
1st December 2016
Paperback Original, £8.99 and Ebook, £3.99
Inspired by Amanda’s own extreme struggle with body image and a family history of anorexia, this is a compelling and heart-wrenching look at family, food and the challenge of raising teenagers in our self-obsessed, image conscious society.
Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years happily married to a man who still excites her, two beautiful teenaged daughters, and her dream career as a health food writer. Her home is filled with love and laughter, with a passion for food at its very core.
But no amount of love could have prepared Freya for the devastating impact of anorexia and bulimia on her family. In a desperate battle to rescue her youngest child from its clutches, Freya will do all she can to save her daughter, her marriage and her family. But how can she when food, the social glue of their family, is both the problem and the solution? Is Freya’s own obsession with clean eating partly to blame? And how can you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?
About the author
Amanda Prowse is a bestselling novelist with an incredible 145K followers on Twitter. This is her sixteenth novel and her books have been translated into a dozen languages and regularly top bestseller charts all over the world. Amanda has been dubbed ‘The Queen of Domestic Drama’ and writes about ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined.
Amanda is currently appearing on the ITV2 show ‘Extra Camp’ in support of her best friend the well known TV presenter Carol Vorderman.
The research into The Food of Love and eating disorders
This novel confronts the issue of eating disorders, and in her research Amanda spoke to many sufferers of eating disorders and their families to fully understand the issue and its effect on a family as a whole. Several of the women she spoke to were her own readers, who having read Another Love which looks at the struggles of alcoholism, reached out to say it helped them understand their own demons with food. The ages of her interviewees ranged from 14 to 40 years old, and she recalls one interviewee telling her ‘When I die, then I will have won’. She also spoke to a family who had lost their child through an eating disorder, and she recalls them speaking of the relief they felt that their child was no longer suffering. Many of these experiences are depicted in The Food of Love and Amanda has ensured that her depictions have been well-researched and based on real-life account of eating disorder sufferers.
Amanda is available for interview / to write features about her personal story, research and
the topic of eating disorders, body dysmorphia and modern society’s attitude to food and self-image.
Praise for Amanda Prowse:
‘A truly amazing piece of drama about a condition that could affect any one of us in a heartbeat.
Every mother should read this book’ – Danielle Lineker
‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine