Troubador On Being Fat

Released: 31/03/2014

eISBN: 9781783066537

Format: eBook

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On Being Fat

a journey with adipose tissue

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On Being Fat… a journey with adipose tissue is an impassioned tale about how Pamela coped, and does cope, with being REALLY FAT. The story is wrapped around her taking early retirement from being a matron in mental health and moving to Crete in 2011 with the aim of ‘doing life differently’ and getting well.

Pamela takes the reader on her physical and psychological journey of travelling to another country and culture with her two Siamese cats; she was ill, morbidly obese, had never set foot on Greek soil, didn’t speak the language, had never driven on ‘the wrong side of the road’ – but was determined to succeed.

On Being Fat is her story; filled with humour, desperation, pathos and a serious message of what actually does go on when you’re really fat. It’s couched in incidents and emotion that will have readers laughing and crying in equal measure: outgrowing the shower and bath, falling over in the sea and not being able to get up. Falling over on her neighbour’s drive and using her face as a buffer. Sobbing because she hated herself so much; becoming incontinent because she was so fat; thinking of different ways to meet personal intimacy needs but trying to ‘keep calm and carry on’ within a world not fit for the purpose of the ‘spatially challenged’. Questioning how she had become this person who was now really fat and very poorly…and then, defying the safe route, by moving to a completely different country and culture to start Part Two of her life.

Pamela writes to you personally… the person sitting across the kitchen table from her, with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and a box of tissues. On Being Fat is a touching, emotive biography that will take readers through the many twists and turns of Pamela’s life.

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Pamela has shown an amazing strength of charachter through years of pain, anguish, discomfort, depression and grief alongside an unsupportive stepmother to shine through and show people that evn is obesity can be self inflicted there is still a way of sharing your pain and embarrassment through laughter, family and friendship. We all only have one life to live and we must live it the best way we can, despite our faults and foibles. I hope by writing htis book Pamela finds a new reassurance and confidence that when you put your mind to something you can achieve ANYTHING! Brilliant and funny lookng forward to the next one - must retire somewhere soon!

by phillippa haydon


Just finished reading this book, how the author coped with being slightly overweight and I found it so hilarious and in some parts funny. Its a psychological and physical journey, different from the norm and off the wall and very wacky. I loved this book and will read it again. Its a from the heart book, told with compassion, feeling, humor, laughter, warts and all. It takes a brave person to write a book like this and come out the other side. BRILLIANT - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

by Pam Thomas


I have the pleasure of knowing Pamela, through our work in the NHS, and this book reads just as if I was sat in a café with her (and we did,many times) having a yarn together. The overriding aspect for me is that despite (or perhaps because of) all the poo that she has had to face throughout her life, Pamela is and always was, an inspiration to others. GO GIRLIE! Can't wait for Book 2.

by Audrey Whelan


This book was such an honest, heartwarming, sad, informative, happy, mixture that was blended together so beautifully by Pamela - I loved it - thank you.

by Lynne King


Pamela J. Mulraney

I worked in mental health for 26 years; prior to that I served in the WRAF. My husband, the very centre of my universe, died when I was forty. I threw myself into my work, which I loved, but had the opportunity to retire when I was 53...I took it and moved to Crete to 'do life differently'!

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