Mental Health Bites

Book list

I often get asked what books I might recommend for further reading – so here we have a selection of texts which I suggest. Please bear in mind that the books we enjoy and find worthy reads are very much down to personal preference. I will only recommend books I have read. You can click on the book to be taken straight to Amazon where you can read a preview and buy the book.

Books are listed by category – Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and Biographies – with the newest additions in each category displayed first.

Page last updated – 28/08/17

Books about Eating Disorders

EdsaysEd Says U Said: Eating Disorder Translator

by June Alexander

My synopsis : This is a wonderful, and easy to read book, that aims to aid and improve communication between someone with an eating disorder and their friends, family and supporters by ‘translating’ common miscommunication pitfalls.


recoveryRecovery from Eating Disorders: A Guide for Clinicians and Their Clients

By Greta Noordenbos

My synopsis : This book is mostly aimed at therapists but isn’t too jargon heavy so is also suitable for those with Eating Disorders. While I don’t agree with everything Greeta has to say, this is a well-rounded introduction that is detailed enough for you to feel informed but short enough to not overwhelm.


findingyourvoiceFinding Your Voice Through Creativity

By Mindy Jacobson-Levy and Maureen Foy-Tomay

My synopsis : A combination of art therapy and therapeutic journaling  prompts for those in recovery from an Eating Disorder. Great as a workbook for the individual or as a resource for therapists. 


anorexiaworkbookThe Anorexia Workbook: How to Accept Yourself, Heal Your Suffering, and Reclaim Your Life

By Michelle Heffner

My synopsis : This is a wonderful self-help book for those recovering from an Eating Disorder helping them to understand their illness and take positive steps forward. Best used in conjunction with therapy.


overcomingbulimiaThe Overcoming Bulimia Workbook: Your Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide to Recovery

By Randi McCabe

My synopsis: Very much like the ‘Overcoming Anorexia’ edition but tailored for those recovering from Bulimia Nervosa. Step-by-Step guide.


Books about Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

highlysensativepersonThe Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

By Elaine Aron

My synopsis : If you are the type of person that feels overwhelmed by the world and are refered to as ‘overly sensative’ then this might be the book for you.



daringgreatly Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

By Brene Brown

My synopsis : Brene Brown is an American author and researcher in the area of vulnerability and shame. This best-selling book really is a must read for anyone wanting to engage with their life more fully.



couragetohealThe Courage To Heal: A Guide For Women Survivors Of Child Sexual Abuse

By Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

My synopsis : A direct but thoughtful book for those with a history of sexual abuse. While this is a comprehensive text it is studded with real life experience and occasional exercises. Despite being written for the survivor this offers a great insight for all readers.


mindovermoodMind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

By Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky

My synopsis : This is the brand new 2015 edition of a book which has been much utilised by me and many others. Real practical cognitive therapy tools in a very user-friendly format. Also available is the clinicians guide.



unbearablelightessUnbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

By Portia De Rossi

My synopsis : This is Portia’s story of her struggle with Anorexia Nervosa and her journey on to a happy and healthy life. Let me admit I haven’t read this book yet, but i’ve heard great reviews.


bitinganorexiaBiting Anorexia: A Firsthand Account of an Internal War

By Lucy Howard-Taylor

My synopsis : This is a beautifully articulate and raw first hand story of living with an Eating Disorder. One of the few autobiographies I would ever recommend!


lifehurtsLife Hurts: A doctor’s personal journey through Anorexia

By Elizabeth McNaughty

My synopsis : So, I might be a little biased since this book is written by a friend – but this is an especially brave account of living with the Eating Disorder Anorexia Nervosa. Brave in the sense that Lizzie is a practicing Doctor – and yet is speaking out despite the potential stigma.