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Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero

by Jessica Thom - £12.00  Souvenir Press Ltd (2012)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780285641273 | ISBN 10: 0285641271

“It is the hippies of outrageous fortune that weigh heavy on the minds of dogs,”
 
Meet Jess, aka Touretteshero. Jess has Tourettes Syndrome, which means she makes sounds and movements over which she has no control. Jess swears – she’s one of about ten percent of people with Tourettes who do. She also says ‘biscuit’ a lot, about 16 times per minute (that’s 6 million a year!), and then there are the sometimes life-threatening arm and leg tics... Tourettes can be tough to live with, often bringing out unpleasant behaviour in people who don’t understand it, but it can also be inspiring and above all, funny. Jess’s verbal tics are often truly surreal – “Leisurewear Velociraptor Training Party!” or “Capital letters talk to themselves at night,” or “If all the hoofed animals could count there wouldn’t be a banking crisis.”
 
These excerpts from Jess’s personal blog follow a year in her life and the whole spectrum of her experiences. We’re introduced to her support network of close friends including Fat Sister, Leftwing Idiot and King Russell, as well as strangers who can be unpredictably helpful or hurtful.
 
Moving, funny, shocking, tender, and inspiring, Jess’s words are courageous and optimistic in the face of the major challenges she faces. Welcome to Biscuit Land.

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In booklists: Women & Disability, Tourette's Syndrome, Disability Memoirs and Histories,
In categories: Feminism & Women, Disability, History & Biography,

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