Mother's pain revealed in novel

A MULLUMBIMBY mother's harrowing account of her son's battle with anorexia has been short-listed in this year's Litlink/Northern Rivers Writers Centre Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Amanda Skelton's eldest son Riche was just 11 years old when anorexia took over his life and turned him into an unsmiling shadow of his former self.

The year that followed was one of the loneliest and painful of Amanda's life.

Her family was thrown into turmoil and her marriage almost fell apart.

Counselling and therapy, combined with the writing of her family memoir, Not My Son, was how she helped herself to make sense of it all.

“Nothing good comes out of this disease, there's no silver lining,” Ms Skelton said.

“It was a torturous year for Riche - he lost his childhood, and everyone in our family would, if they could, change the course of events.

“It was not a journey that he or we needed to take, but you just have to accept that it is has happened.”

Not My Son is Ms Skelton's first novel and she said she was hon- oured to be short listed in the Litlink/Writers' Centre Award.

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