Seconds to Snap: One Explosive Day. A Family Destroyed. My Descent into Anorexia.
Tina McGuff, Katy Weitz

Seconds to Snap: One Explosive Day. A Family Destroyed. My Descent into Anorexia.

'I can tell you exactly the day it all went wrong - the day my mum attacked my dad with a kitchen knife. In those few, short seconds, a black hole opened up in my life and I fell right in.' Tina McGuff's life was perfect - or so she thought. Living in Dundee with her devoted parents and three younger sisters, she was a happy, healthy and confident thirteen-year-old.But all that changed in one horrifying act of revenge and Tina's world collapsed overnight. Terrified, lost and confused, she turned to the one thing she thought she could control - food.

And so began the biggest fight of her life. Tina's life-or-death struggle with anorexia is told with devastating honesty in this extraordinary account of a girl at war with herself. Through her years in and out of psychiatric wards, Tina takes us to some of the darkest places of the mind. But in the end her courage, conviction and sheer determination win out. It took Tina seconds to snap and a lifetime to recover - but today, as a passionate campaigner for mental health, she is living proof that there is always a reason to hope that one day, things will get better.

Book Details:

  • Author: Tina McGuff, , Katy Weitz
  • Published Year: 2015
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: John Blake
    • UK: John Blake

Tina McGuff,

Tina McGuff fought a terrible battle with anorexia in her teens. Today she is determined to share her story in her memoir Seconds To Snap in a bid to reach young people and their carers. Tina, 44, says: ‘People have this impression that only rich kids get anorexia – and that it’s quite glamorous. I was a poor kid from a broken home in Dundee. And nothing of it was glamorous at all.’ After years of therapy and counseling Tina is passionate about the importance of discussing mental health and recognizing the signs of distress in the young. She is a mother with thre...
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Katy Weitz

Katy Weitz believes that most people have an extraordinary story to tell and she specialises in bringing them to the public's attention. She started her career as a Feature Writer on the national newspapers 18 years ago and within a few short years, rose to become Features Editor. In 2005 she left to set up her own real-life story agency First Features Ltd and since then has sold stories to all parts of the national and international press as well as television. With a remarkable empathy for her clients, she quickly saw that some had stories which couldn’t be told completely in 1500 w...
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Book Reviews

  • "With no details spared, McGuff recounts her rapid descent into anorexia, from her tumultuous family life as a teenager wanting to be “the best anorexic in the world” to a young adult desperately trying to find some stability. "
    Lancet
  • "This is an important, searingly honest book that will change lives. Tina is one of the bravest women I’ve ever met. "
    Lorraine Kelly