Through the Hourglass

By Libby-Mae Ford (editor)

Exploring the past, present and future reflections from those recovering from a mental illness

Mental health | Non fiction
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We all reflect on the past, muse over the present and hope for the future, it’s natural, but what is it like to spend your time thinking about the past, present and future when you’re in recovery from a mental illness?

Through the Hourglass takes a look into the lives of 20 different people, each with a different story to tell, who are at different stages in their recovery journey, reflecting, musing and hoping through writing raw, beautiful and real letters to directed towards themselves. 

In a world that attaches such a huge stigma to mental illness, Through the Hourglass breaks down that barrier and gives 20 individuals the chance to speak out and share their experiences by writing letters to their past, present or future selves. Reflecting on the good, the bad and the ugly, facing up to themselves and being truly honest, this is a book of hope, courage, bravery and sorrow, giving a voice to those who may not have been heard.

Split into part one: past, part two: present and part three: future, this book will leave you feeling such an array of emotions, from happy, to sad, to hopeful and comforted and maybe even inspire you to write your own letter.

ABOUT THE BOOK

  • A high-quality, first edition paperback book
  • B format
  • Approximately 160 pages and 35,000 words
  • 10 beautiful chapter illustrations 
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    Libby-Mae Ford

    Libby is a 24-year-old cisgender woman living in Newport, South Wales. She loves to read, write and paint and thinks the bigger the cup of tea the better. When she’s not writing, reading or painting, you’ll find her cuddling her cats whilst watching Greys Anatomy. She has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, along with other mental illnesses since a young age and is currently navigating her way through adult life whilst figuring out how to recover from these illnesses.
    She is currently studying Psychology in the hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist and has a passion for raising awareness for mental health and well-being. She use’s her twitter and Instagram to talk about her own struggles and hopes to one day be able to help others. Libby is passionate about using your own voice to help destigmatise mental illness and enjoys doing this by writing blog posts, Instagram captions and novels. She has been working on several books for the past few years, and Through the Hourglass will be Libby’s first non-fiction anthology.

  • Dear Libby,      

                How does it feel to be three years old? I don’t remember you being quite so young. What I do remember is mum telling you to behave or she’ll throw you to the gypsies and they’ll eat you. She denies saying this, but it’s etched into your brain. Strange isn’t it? The things you can’t quite remember, and the things you can never forget. You have a whole life ahead of you, this is just the starting line really. You may have only been alive three years, but it’s been free from pain and in my books, three years without pain is pretty damn good. I imagine right now you are thinking of being a dancer, or a singer or maybe even an astronaut. Your ambition and passion is precious, hold on to it. You’ve got a few tough years ahead of you, but I want, no need, you to know that you are loved. Say it with me, I am loved.

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  • 22nd July 2020 WE REACHED OUR FIRST MILESTONE - A note from the editor and writers

    Hello lovely people, 

    I hope that you have all had a wonderful day, and if not I am sending my love and support. Remember, each day lasts 24 hours before a new day comes bringing with it a fresh start and a new adventure. 

    Firstly on behalf of myself and the other writers, I want to thank each and every one of you that have pledged to help make this book a reality. There are currently 43…

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