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Week of Reviews: Running Like China by Sohpie Hardcastle [2]

(Warning: This is a gush review. I cannot help it. I feel in love with a book.)

From the moment I stumbled across this book unexpectedly in Dymocks on holiday, to the moment I closed the final page and put this book to rest, I knew this book was for me. Exposing her heart on her sleeve, Sophie has written a truly beautiful and brutally honest memoir about her struggles with mental illness, specifically, bipolar disorder.

I am always drawn to memoirs that explore mental health. As someone who suffers personally I find it not only therapeutic to read about other peoples journeys, but I also find it comforting to know I am not alone. Running Like China did all this for me and more. Sophie has a way with words that truly felt like a gift to read. It is a moving, articulate and powerful piece of literature that I think not only appeals to suffers themselves, but also people who have never suffered and want to learn what it is like.

Sophie’s story is heart-wrenching, and at times difficult to read. I found myself in tears one chapter and in awe of all she was accomplishing the next.  It’s written in such beautiful prose, tailing both her story and the story of those who helped her along the way.

I have no doubt in mind that this book is a game changer and will help many people just as it did me. This is the kind of book I aspire to write, and it remains one of my most treasured books I own. I truly thank Sophie for sharing such a difficult time in her life with us all, and leave it as a reminder that we can all keep pushing through the difficult times.

5/5 stars.

I highly suggest tracking this book down, or just looking into Sophie in general. So I’m going to leave some info below 🙂

Published August 25th 2015 by Hachette Australia / Paperback, 273 pages / ISBN 13 9780733634260

For Aussies:

It is also available on audio, so you really have no excuse not to pick this one up. ▲



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