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Book Title: The State of Me|
The author of the book: Nasim Marie Jafry
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781906321055
The size of the: 418 KB
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
Read full description of the books The State of Me:A beautifully written debut novel by an exciting author.
Name: Helen Fleet
Work Experience: Waitress; Serial volunteer
Education: Four Highers: French (A), English (A), Maths (A), Chemistry (A), 1981; Ordinary Arts degree, MA, 1990; Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory, 1992
Travel: France, Madeira, San Francisco, Rome, Greece. And London.
Relationships: Sex with three men: Hadi, Ivan and Fabio. I still love Ivan.
Additional Information: I have a mini hi-fi and a pine bookcase, and an expensive leather briefcase (got it in the January sales after Fabio and I had finished) and a suit I haven't worn since my graduation.
It's 1983 and 20-year-old university student Helen Fleet should be enjoying the best days of her life, but while all her friends go on to graduate and have careers in London, she is forced to return to her parents' home, bedridden with vile symptoms that doctors can't explain and often don't believe. She is eventually diagnosed with M.E., a cruel illness that she must learn to live with over the next decade. All of her relationships are tested – and changed – by her condition, but Helen's story is so much more than an account of her suffering. At times sad and at times funny, the author skillfully leads the reader through the trials and tribulations of Helen's life, perfectly capturing her unusual experiences as a twenty-something woman living in 80s Scotland with a mystery illness.
Based on the author's own experience of ME The State of Me explores the loneliness and chaos of one of the most misunderstood illnesses of our time, but also celebrates the importance of family, friendships, and sexual love.
A stunning, eloquent and linguistically perfect debut novel.
Read information about the authorNasim Marie Jafry was born in the west of Scotland to a Scottish mother and Pakistani father. She has an MA and MSc from Glasgow University but her studies were severely disrupted when she became ill with ME in the 1980s. She remains ill today - the illness has had a devastating impact on her life. Her autobiographical novel 'The State of Me' was published by The Friday Project, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2008. She has had occasional short stories in Scottish literary magazines, and has been shortlisted for the Asham Award (2001), the RLS Award (2005), the Bridport Short Story Prize (2011) and the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize (2012). She appeared in a BBC Alba documentary in 2012 in which she discussed her novel and her illness, and in 2013 she read at ‘Dissecting Edinburgh’, a Medicine and Literature event at Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. In 2014, she had a short story in The Scotsman, and flash fiction in The Istanbul Review. She was longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award 2016 and her piece appeared in the 2017 anthology To Carry Her Home. She contributed to artist and writer Nancy Campbell’s Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words (Bird Editions, 2017).
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