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W&N Memoir HB January 2018 £16.99 320pp 978 1 474 60151 1 eBook: £16.99 / 978 1 474 60153 5 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 1 6243 8 / 10 hrs

A brave and searing memoir that boldly confronts a recognised global epidemic that is rarely discussed – chronic pain affects over a third of the UK population.

JULIA BUCKLEY Heal Me a brutally honest, darkly funny and profoundly moving memoir about the author’s global search for a cure to chronic pain.

Julia Buckley needs a miracle.

Like a third of the UK population, she has a chronic pain condition. According to her doctors, it can’t be cured. She doesn’t believe them. She does believe in miracles, though. It’s just a question of tracking one down.

Julia’s search for a cure takes her on a global quest, exploring the boundaries between science, psychology and faith with practitioners on the fringes of conventional, traditional and alternative medicine. From neuroplastic brain rewiring in San Francisco to medical marijuana in Colorado, Haitian vodou rituals to Brazilian ‘spiritual surgery’, she’s willing to try anything. Can miracles happen? And more importantly, what happens next if they do?

Raising vital questions about the modern medical system, this is also a story about identity in a system historically skewed against ‘hysterical’ female patients, and the struggle to retain a sense of self under the medical gaze. Heal Me explains why modern medicine’s current approach to chronic pain is failing patients. It explores the importance of faith, hope and cynicism, and examines our relationships with our doctors, our beliefs and ourselves.

Julia buckley is a freelance journalist and translator writing mainly for National Geographic Traveller, Condé Nast Traveler, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Evening Standard and the Independent, where she was acting Head of Travel. Heal Me is her first book.

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W&N Non-fiction • January 2018