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Adele has Trichotillomania, Here is Her Story

Review by Freya Bennett

Adele Dumont has trichotillomania – compulsive hair pulling. In her second book, a collection of personal essays, Adele shares candidly what it’s like to live with her diagnosis.

The Pulling is vulnerable, smart and uncomfortable. Adele generously shares intimate details of her compulsion and the journey she has been on in trying to understand and curb her pulling.

I found myself thoroughly invested in the life of Adele, her writing drawing me in and giving me an insight into something I would otherwise not have known exists. Her writing is so beautifully understated it doesn’t get in the way of the narrative at all, instead, facilitating an almost movie like experience where the reader is watching and witnessing her story.

As a writer myself, I found this a wonderful example of beautiful personal essays and an almost ‘how-to’ guide for compelling non-fiction.

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and editor from Dja Dja Wurrung Country who loves grey days, libraries and dandelion tea. You can follow her on Instagram @freya___bennett

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