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A witty, yet stirring firsthand account of dealing with the daily difficulties of Tourettes Syndromea neurological disorder characterized by physical and verbal ticsJess Thorn shares a year of her life, detailing the entire spectrum of her experiences. From arm and leg tics that can occasionally be life-threatening to uncontrollable verbal outburstsshe says the word "biscuit" an average of 16 times per minuteJess manages with the support of a close network of friends and family, as well as strangers who can be unpredictably helpful and harmful. At once funny and shocking, tender and moving, this memoir provides a courageous and optimistic voice in the face of the major challenges, leaving readers with an inspiring message of resiliency.
Jess Thom studied drawing at Camberwell College of Art, works as the project coordinator at Oasis Children’s Venture in South London, and writes her daily blog www. touretteshero.com. Stephen Fry is an actor, screenwriter, comedian, and director who is well-known for his collaborations with Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster, his appearances in such films as Alice in Wonderland, Gosford Park, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and his recurring guest role on the television show Bones. He is the author of The Liar, Making History, The Moab is My Washpot, The Ode Less Travelled, Revenge, and Stephen Fry in America.