Running Like China

  • Title: Running Like China
  • Author: Sophie Hardcastle
  • ISBN: 9780733634260
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
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    ✓ Running Like China Ù Sophie Hardcastle - Running Like China, Running Like China Most of the time we don t notice the darkness not until we re in the thick of it It was like that for Sophie Hardcastle as the joy she d always known disappeared She was constantly tired with no ene

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    Running Like China

    About Sophie Hardcastle


    1. Sophie Hardcastle is a twenty two year old author and artist currently living and creating on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia.Sophie is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts She is majoring in painting.Sophie s memoir Running like China is published by Hachette and was released in September 2015 Hachette will publish her debut novel, Breathing Under Water on the 12th of July, 2016.In addition to her books, Sophie has written for various magazine publications, including ELLE, Harper s Bazaar and Surfing World and has also written for theatre.


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    1. This was a beautifully written memoir that was so brutally honest about Sophie s struggles with Bipolar It was very insightful and moving, bringing me to tears on than one occasion Stories like these are so important For the people going through the same or similar situations, it lets them know that they are not alone, despite how lonely they feel And for those that know someone dealing with mental illness, it sheds light on the difficulties that person may face, and helps them understand and e [...]

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    2. I m always drawn to memoirs of people that have experienced a mental illness, as each person has such a unique story to tell Sophie Hardcastle tells her story of life with Bipolar I really appreciated her brutal honesty and so much of her story really resonated with me Her memoir documents her teenage to young adult years with the illness and her initial denial, anger, and eventually acceptance and what she can accomplish in spite of the illness Sophie has a lovely way with words and some of the [...]

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    3. Running Like China is a memoir of a young woman in Australia, that held my attention all the way through Her book is a gift of herself her story to each and every reader Her hope is that it will help others who are experiencing the depths of mental illness that may lead to suicide That it will encourage them to hang in there in the down times and to remember all there is to live for It is a very moving, articulate, insightful piece of writing and it gave me some understanding of what it can be l [...]

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    4. Sophie Hardcastle truly is a gifted writer, from the way she looks at the world to the way the words flow across the pages This book was as beautiful as it was heartbreaking and written with such intense honesty An eye and heart opening account of mental illness I highly recommend this as a must read.

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    5. Warning This is a gush review I cannot help it I feel in love with a book From the moment I stumbled across this book unexpectedly in Dymocks on holiday, to the moment I closed the final page and put this book to rest, I knew this book was for me Exposing her heart on her sleeve, Sophie has written a truly beautiful and brutally honest memoir about her struggles with mental illness, specifically, bipolar disorder.I am always drawn to memoirs that explore mental health As someone who suffers pers [...]

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    6. THIS BOOK HAS SERIOUSLY SAVED MY LIFE I originally found out about running like China through Sjana Earp, and I couldn t wait to read it after she semi reviewed it This book follows Sophie Hardcastle s battle with bipolar disorder Her journey through thick dark clouds and blissful moments of sunshine is incredibly inspirational I have read this book about 3 times and it has honestly changed my life Sophie has become my biggest inspiration, her beautiful words and creative imagery is what makes t [...]

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    7. Such a beautifully written memoir Although Sophie discusses very dark times in her life, the book is written with hope and encouragement to anyone struggling with mental illness Sophie s writing is descriptive and poetic, and her pain is translated across the page Sometimes hard to read but worth it, I devoured this in a few hours and would recomend to anyone struggling with or impacted by mental health issues.

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    8. 5 5Books are such powerful things within those pages contain words that form sentences that become paragraphs that tell a story, a story perhaps bold, perhaps devastating, perhaps inspiring, perhaps uplifting Few books have I come across that are all these things, and Running Like China is a true story In its quiet and meditative prose, the slowly simmering desire within me glows slightly brighter One day I will write something, as many readers one day aspire for I think it is a massive feat, i [...]

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    9. I found this memoir quite moving and it succeeded in changing my thinking about a few things, including not in any particular order how families relate, what writing means when you commit to it early as opposed to later in adulthood, sisterly relationships, the implications of social media for teenagers growing up with mental illness am non existent when I was a teen , what fighting for someone you love can look like, how good some young adult men are to the people around them truly, they often [...]

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    10. I put off reading this book for a long time because I was afraid of seeing my own experiences in the pages and I didn t want to remember them, but I m glad that I did There were aspects of Sophie s experience that exactly mirror mine, but there were many that were alien to me I want to encourage everyone to read this memoir if they can whether you have experience of mental illness yourself or not If you re like me, and you feel like you need to be in a stable frame of mind to be able approach [...]

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    11. Wow This is an important and beautifully written memoir about one young woman s experience with mental illness.Not another self help book about how I got myself over mental illness but rather Hardcastle chronicles the process of understanding, of coming to terms with, and of accepting mental illness as a part of her make up, to ultimately take responsibility for what she could control to help stabilise her health and not for what she couldn t control.Written with insight and honesty, Haardcastle [...]

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    12. This is a moving memoir of what it is like to live with a mental illness and how there is beauty in everything, if you know where to look Sophie Hardcastle was finally diagnosed with bipolar in her late teens, after several hospital admissions and testing her family to their limits Her journey is beautifully written one of the best descriptions of depression and manic episodes that I ve come across And while this is a pretty grim topic to read about, her story always contains hope.

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    13. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Brain on Fire by Susan Cahalan, Sybil by Flora Rita Schreiber, all amazing works about mental illness, and now Running Like China by the absolutely brilliant Sophie Hardcastle Where do I even start with this book Let s start with the writing, the way the words are structured and sentences flow is like pure poetry, everything is changed from a generic description into a beautiful elegy, from describing her friends to the way she feels at her lowest points, Sophie wri [...]

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    14. Ok so I am biased and should not be rating or reviewing Running Like China really because it s all about our family, my daughter and four years of very difficult times However I do love this book When Sophie first told me she was writing a memoir I braced myself for the expose of all the ugly and horrible details The dismembering of everyone and everything around us When I picked up her first manuscript, I read it in one sitting and went through two boxes of tissues in the process When I finishe [...]

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    15. Running Like China is a stunning memoir of Sophie Hardcastle s fight with bi polar It starts for her at 16, and as it begins, she has no idea what is happening to her Nothing feels good, darkness is rolling in, and it feels like her skin in shrinking She doesn t know how to explain it to others because she doesn t know how to explain it to herself Depression takes hold and Sophie uses drugs, alcohol and self harm to make herself feel better Sophie has opened herself right up and laid herself bar [...]

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    16. Running Like China is about a teenaged girl who loves surfing and writing about equally before she is suddenly struck down by some kind of mental health disorder that scraps two years out of her young life This is her memoir where she tells all in the hope of actually giving hope to other people similarly afflicted.As someone who is ten years older than her, I still found this memoir incredibly accessible and honest, very well written I found myself in a bit of a trap of staying up and reading i [...]

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    17. A confronting and distressing story that is told with a poise that makes the writing so readable and remarkable for such a young writer Brilliant awareness raising of mental health issues and such a raw and honest account of her battle, one I will always remember.

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    18. An in depth insight into what it means to be struck down by mental illness during adolescence on the shores of Sydney s Northern Beaches Sophie Hardcastle s memoir gives hope to those who may, or who have already struggled in life in this way.

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    19. A frank yet surprisingly poetic account of bipolar disorder depression self harm in a teen Very sad, but also a good read.

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    20. The only way to resolve something is to get to the bottom of it, and this incredible book depicts that exactly zooming in on every nook and cranny of her not so perfect life, never just breaching the surface She addresses everything, no matter how broken, and this allows hope, a quality Sophie carries through her words of wisdom and inspiration throughout germmagazine sophie ha

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    21. This memoir was so beautifully written and raw Sophie writes about the highs and lows of battling mental illness I found myself relating to her own thoughts and feelings on some of the things she was experiencing daily.I would recommend this book for everyone, for the people who are battling mental illness to know they are not alone and for people who know of someone with mental illness to give them an understanding of what that person may be feeling

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    22. Sophie Hardcastle s memoir Running Like China is not just about shattering the stigmas of mental illness or about providing a safe place for those to turn to who may be going through similar issues.Running Like China is also about an artist who finds their true self through the good and the bad times, and who emerges victorious and ready for whatever will be thrown her way next When I spoke with Sophie about her novel for Lipmag, I was immediately struck with a sense that I was talking to someon [...]

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    23. Sophie s story is a potent and valuable one that offers insight into what it s like living with a mental illness, specifically as a young, apparently middle class Australian woman with Bipolar As someone who also experiences mental illness, it was comforting to read another s story and know that I was not alone I hadn t really heard anyone else s struggle in such detail before and so despite the fact that her story was at times heartbreaking, it was also really encouraging Sophie carries some go [...]

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    24. Sophie Hardcastle could have hidden away from the world, within the safe, warm embrace of her family Taken refuge within the comforting presence of the boy with the icy blue eyes She did not have to leave at all But, no, Sophie Hardcastle wrote a book She opened up her life and generously shared it with the world Why So that the silence can be shattered the taboos around mental illness can be smashed And, most importantly, to give hope to anyone struggling to find their way through That no matte [...]

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    25. Although this book talks about depression , it s about then that alone , it s not all depressing , it s encouraging and full of hope , as someone who doesn t suffer from depression this book helped me understand what depression can really do to someone But it also made me so great full for what I have Running like China is written in a really understandable and engaging manner that pulls you in, in the best possible way If your going through a hard time Read this book it will show you that you [...]

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    26. Sophie is misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue, then major depression, then temporal lobe epilepsy, until it is finally revealed after two suicide attempts and 5 hospitalizations that she actually has Bipolar 1 Disorder.As waves of darkness continue to roll over her, she feels like her skin is shrinking She can t explain how she feels to other people, because she can t even explain it to herself.This is a heart wrenching and brutally honest memoir about Sophie s battle with mental illness While at [...]

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    27. Honestly this is probably the best book I have ever read.It is so beautifully written, so honest, so true and just I feel I could read this book over and over and enjoy every word and phrase that it bleeds I did not want it to end Having anxiety myself, I have never heard anyone speak of mental illness in this light It is so comforting but also tragic This book is raw It is incredible and I believe everyone should read of Sophie Hardcastle s battles and triumph

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    28. This is not usually the type of book I d read, or specifically the genre I enjoy However, Running Like China was an overall Ok book Personally, I found many parts corny, but I m cynical and lack sentiment like that Props to Sophie though for overcoming the predicaments she faced, I m sure this story will help and resonate with others dealing with depression, bipolar disorder and the wide circumference of mental illnesses.

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    29. This was an amazing beautifully written memoir Sophie really captured what having a mental illness is like both for the people who have them and for people who have never had them and want to understand what it is like I would highly reccomend this book to anyone as it is thoroughly inspiring and a fantastic read.

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    30. This is an easy inspiring read to anyone of any age I loved the real raw stories of what many of us are dealing with everyday To know we are not alone things will get better I m not usually a reader I finished this book in no time Definitely worth a read.

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