|Non-Fiction Genre||Biography Health Self-Help/How-To Medical|
From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M. E. Monster. The severest form of a neuroimmune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old. From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage schoolgirl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in a hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive.
This harrowing story follows the highs and lows of the disease and being hospitalised, captured through her voice-activated technology diary called “Bug” that enables her to fulfil her dream of one day becoming an author. It provides a raw, real-time honesty to the story that would be impossible to capture in hindsight.
At the age of 15, she became acutely unwell with an illness called Myalgic Encephalomyletis (M.E). She was continuously hospitalised from 2006-2010, suffering with the most severe form of the condition. This included her being bedridden, unable to move, speak, eat and more. She began to write in her mind, and when finally able to speak again, she began to write through her audio diary ‘Bug’. Jessica released her debut bestselling book ‘A Girl Behind Dark Glasses’ in 2017.
‘I found the book inspiring and could not put it down’ – Amazon
‘I first came across Jessica in the film Unrest and when I found this book I wanted to learn more about her. I found this book really interesting and inspirational’ – Goodreads
‘A fascinating and moving account of what it feels like for ordinary daily existence to become a struggle’ – The London Magazine
‘It’s a story of love, family, friends; of hope, strength and courage’ – Waterstones