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Cold Vein - A Powerful Memoir by Anne Tonner

WINNER OF THE 2017 FINCH MEMOIR PRIZE

Cold Vein has been described as ..."harrowing, intense, absorbing and compelling. I defy anyone to read it without shedding a tear... It’s simply a book everyone should read." - Rowena Morcom, Editor of Good Reading magazine

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An utterly compelling read

Anne Tonner, a high achieving human rights lawyer is used to facing battles and winning, but when her 13-year-old daughter Chloe stops eating and is diagnosed with anorexia, she is confronted with the mother of all enemies, one that is completely unfathomable and seemingly incurable.

Anne and her family throw everything they have at helping Chloe face the ‘demon’ they name ‘Cold Vein’. But some three years later Chloe is still ill and desperately close to death and the family is in tatters. Anne is in danger of not only losing her daughter but her whole family as well. In a last ditch effort they travel across the world to attend a clinic in Stockholm, knowing that this may be the only chance Chloe has to survive.

Beautifully and engagingly  written, Anne’s depiction of  the devastating effects of anorexia not only for the person who has it, but also for those around them, is honest, tough and compelling. Ultimately uplifting, this story will shed light on one of the most insidious and dangerous mental conditions.

Anne Tonner on winning the Finch Memoir Prize

Advanced Praise For COLD VEIN

‘There is a ferocity and velocity to this memoir that’s totally compelling. The loss of identity, the obsession with saving a child, the sacrifice, the guilt over neglected siblings, a marriage placed under enormous strain – all of this relentlessly builds to a crescendo of a story about survival. Many readers will relate to this book and find in it a source of hope that someone has been before them.’
- Maggie Mackellar, author of When it Rains

‘Tough, honest, emotionally-engaging and well written…’-Suzanne Falkiner, author of Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow