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I’ve admired and read Bryony Gordon since I was a teenager with my eyes set on a career in journalism. I adored The Wrong Knickers and all its messy exhilarating honesty, but when she wrote her column for the Telegraph about her life with OCD I felt VALIDATED, and suddenly a lot less hopeless. If someone I look up to with a career I could only dream of suffers from the same life-altering illness I do, maybe the future isn’t going to be so bleak after all. I stayed up all night reading Mad Girl when it came out. Cried because nothing had ever captured the pain of mental illness so perfectly. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Bryony a few times and am constantly bowled over by her confidence and attitude - she inspires me to give far less shits than I do, and to be wholeheartedly myself. She’s got a new book out! When I heard it was about running I thought ‘hmm, maybe that one’s not for me’, but I went to an event she was speaking at last week and my mum bought me a copy of the book and I haven’t put it down since. IT IS FOR ME. It’s for anyone who is or has been in pain, who doesn’t always believe their own strength or worth, or who really likes hearing stories about the royal family. It’s funny and candid, and I can feel myself changing with every word - just like all Bryony’s writing. @bryonygordon
I’ve admired and read Bryony Gordon since I was a teenager with my eyes set on a career in journalism. I adored The Wrong Knickers and all its messy exhilarating honesty, but when she wrote her column for the Telegraph about her life with OCD I felt VALIDATED, and suddenly a lot less hopeless. If someone I look up to with a career I could only dream of suffers from the same life-altering illness I do, maybe the future isn’t going to be so bleak after all. I stayed up all night reading Mad Girl when it came out. Cried because nothing had ever captured the pain of mental illness so perfectly. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Bryony a few times and am constantly bowled over by her confidence and attitude - she inspires me to give far less shits than I do, and to be wholeheartedly myself. She’s got a new book out! When I heard it was about running I thought ‘hmm, maybe that one’s not for me’, but I went to an event she was speaking at last week and my mum bought me a copy of the book and I haven’t put it down since. IT IS FOR ME. It’s for anyone who is or has been in pain, who doesn’t always believe their own strength or worth, or who really likes hearing stories about the royal family. It’s funny and candid, and I can feel myself changing with every word - just like all Bryony’s writing. @bryonygordon
This - sitting beside a silent loch on a gorgeous sunny day - or today - lying under a blanket while it pours with rain outside and I read a book. I’d take either. I love my beautiful life.
This - sitting beside a silent loch on a gorgeous sunny day - or today - lying under a blanket while it pours with rain outside and I read a book. I’d take either. I love my beautiful life.
I finally read this - about a thousand years after the rest of you - and yup, it’s that good. Belly laugh funny / incredibly insightful / sad and heartbreaking and a call to action. I loved it so much and plan to press it into every hand I possibly can. Thank you @amateuradam.
I finally read this - about a thousand years after the rest of you - and yup, it’s that good. Belly laugh funny / incredibly insightful / sad and heartbreaking and a call to action. I loved it so much and plan to press it into every hand I possibly can. Thank you @amateuradam.
Best friend.
Best friend.
Surveying my land 👋🏻
Surveying my land 👋🏻
Could so go for a cream tea. (This one was ‘baked to order’ 🤓)
Could so go for a cream tea. (This one was ‘baked to order’ 🤓)
I had a really lovely birthday yesterday - thank you SO much for all the lovely messages. It’s so dreamy being home with my family and my dog (who has a baby grow on because she’s had an operation). My happy place. 💫
I had a really lovely birthday yesterday - thank you SO much for all the lovely messages. It’s so dreamy being home with my family and my dog (who has a baby grow on because she’s had an operation). My happy place. 💫
Spent three days in the highlands and fell even more in love with Scotland. 💫
Spent three days in the highlands and fell even more in love with Scotland. 💫
I adore reading writers’ (particularly fiction writers) memoirs: their fascinating stories and an obsession with putting words on a page. This one was gorgeous. The first in a three-part memoir series from the author of Hot Milk. Set mostly in South Africa - about belonging and family and culture and history and writing👌🏻 thank you so much to @rose.reads.books for sending ❤️
I adore reading writers’ (particularly fiction writers) memoirs: their fascinating stories and an obsession with putting words on a page. This one was gorgeous. The first in a three-part memoir series from the author of Hot Milk. Set mostly in South Africa - about belonging and family and culture and history and writing👌🏻 thank you so much to @rose.reads.books for sending ❤️
New chair. (The one everyone has). I love it like I birthed it myself.
New chair. (The one everyone has). I love it like I birthed it myself.
I am trying, slowly but surely, to perfect the white loaf. This one was over-salted and under-proved. But the process is fun. 🍞
I am trying, slowly but surely, to perfect the white loaf. This one was over-salted and under-proved. But the process is fun. 🍞
Today, all day.

Ps. Has anyone read this? I loved Elizabeth is Missing - one of my all time favourites - but this I find slow and unnecessarily long. The writing is excellent, but the plotting slightly laboured and trying. I’ll finish it, definitely, but I shan’t be raving about it.
Today, all day. Ps. Has anyone read this? I loved Elizabeth is Missing - one of my all time favourites - but this I find slow and unnecessarily long. The writing is excellent, but the plotting slightly laboured and trying. I’ll finish it, definitely, but I shan’t be raving about it.
Having a superb bank holiday weekend thank you. Got a new armchair, bought a plant, went out for lunch, ate fish and chips in front of #BGT. All the good things.
Having a superb bank holiday weekend thank you. Got a new armchair, bought a plant, went out for lunch, ate fish and chips in front of #BGT . All the good things.
A coffee rec for you: @fortitudecoffee in Edinburgh. Good coffee, friendly staff, wide selection of delicious baked goods, will either make you feel more or less cool depending on where you’re at emotionally.
A coffee rec for you: @fortitudecoffee in Edinburgh. Good coffee, friendly staff, wide selection of delicious baked goods, will either make you feel more or less cool depending on where you’re at emotionally.
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I’ve been living in this flat for longer now than any house I’ve ever lived in since my parents’. It’s nice. Nice to feel settled, nice to stare out of this window when I’m supposed to be working, nice to own actual furniture. Who knows how long we’ll be here... for now though, it’s good.
I’ve been living in this flat for longer now than any house I’ve ever lived in since my parents’. It’s nice. Nice to feel settled, nice to stare out of this window when I’m supposed to be working, nice to own actual furniture. Who knows how long we’ll be here... for now though, it’s good.