Welcome to Biscuit Land (Ebook)

A Year in the Life of Touretteshero

Jessica Thom

A witty, yet stirring first-hand account of dealing with the daily difficulties of Tourette's Syndrome

Meet Jess, aka Touretteshero. Jess has Tourettes Syndrome.

Welcome to Biscuit Land is a witty yet stirring first-hand account of dealing with the daily difficulties of Tourettes - a neurological disorder characterized by physical and verbal tics. Jess Thom shares a year of her life, detailing the entire spectrum of her experiences. From arm and leg tics that can occasionally be life-threatening to uncontrollable verbal outburst - she says the word 'biscuit' an average of 16 times per minute - Jess manages with the support of a close network of friends and family, as well as encountering strangers who can be unpredictably helpful and harmful.

At once funny and shocking, tender and moving, this memoir provides a courageous and optimistic voice in the face of the major challenges, leaving readers with an inspiring message of resilience.

Publication date: 29/09/2012

£5.99

ISBN: 9780285641280

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B009K19DL2

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Foreword by: Stephen Fry

Welcome to Biscuit Land (Paperback)

A Year in the Life of Touretteshero

Jessica Thom

A witty, yet stirring first-hand account of dealing with the daily difficulties of Tourette's Syndrome

Meet Jess, aka Touretteshero. Jess has Tourettes Syndrome.

Welcome to Biscuit Land is a witty yet stirring first-hand account of dealing with the daily difficulties of Tourettes - a neurological disorder characterized by physical and verbal tics. Jess Thom shares a year of her life, detailing the entire spectrum of her experiences. From arm and leg tics that can occasionally be life-threatening to uncontrollable verbal outburst - she says the word 'biscuit' an average of 16 times per minute - Jess manages with the support of a close network of friends and family, as well as encountering strangers who can be unpredictably helpful and harmful.

At once funny and shocking, tender and moving, this memoir provides a courageous and optimistic voice in the face of the major challenges, leaving readers with an inspiring message of resilience.

Publication date: 01/10/2012

£12.00

ISBN: 9780285641273

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Foreword by: Stephen Fry Stephen Fry

Reviews for Welcome to Biscuit Land

'[A] charming, touching and valuable book'

Stephen Fry 

'Her struggle with this much misunderstood condition forms the focus of a moving, year-long diary'

 Daily Mail

'An insider's guide to having Tourette's Syndrome'

 Observer

'A role model for people across the country struggling to come to terms with the condition ... Welcome To Biscuit Land has become an invaluable resource for families coping with Tourettes'

 Evening Standard

'She writes quite brilliantly about her daily challenges, whilst celebrating the creativity and some of the humour of the condition'

 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4

'A heartfelt anthology of short musings and anecdotes that can be funny, absurd and even infuriating and sad ... Jessica Thom is a unique person and Welcome to Biscuit Land is, above all, a fun and uplifting read'

 Lancet

'Thom (focuses) on the playfulness and creativity that the condition can foster'

 The Times

Jessica Thom

Jessica Thom

Jess Thom is a theatre-maker and comedian, best known for her award-winning stage show Backstage in Biscuit Land. She studied drawing at Camberwell College of Art, works as the project coordinator at Oasis Children's Venture in South London, and writes her daily blog www.touretteshero.com. She co-founded Touretteshero, an alter-ego and project aimed at increasing awareness of Tourettes Syndrome.