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

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
  • 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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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