'For the last three years Chloe has been slowly dying. Although she is sixteen, she weighs as much as an eight-year-old. We have tried everything the medical system has to offer – psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, dieticians, drugs … but nothing has worked. And now here we are, she and I, flying to the other side of the world in a last ditch effort to save her. Anorexia is a difficult thing to get people to understand. Usually they will look at me incredulously. Sometimes they will come right out and say what I know they are thinking: Why can’t you just get her to eat?
Anne Tonner is a high achieving human rights lawyer and used to facing battles and winning. But when her 13-year-old daughter Chloe stops eating and is diagnosed with anorexia, she is confronted with the mother of all enemies, one that is completely unfathomable and seemingly incurable. Anne and her family throw everything they have at facing the ‘demon' they name 'Cold Vein'. But some three years later Chloe is still desperately ill and the family is in tatters. In a last ditch effort they travel across the world to attend a ground breaking- clinic in Stockholm, knowing that this might be the only chance Chloe has to survive.
Beautifully and engagingly written, Anne’s depiction of the devastating effects of anorexia is honest, tough and compelling. Ultimately uplifting, this story will shed light on one of the most insidious and dangerous mental conditions afflicting modern society today.
'This is an important memoir. It lays bare the powerlessness of a family in the face of a chronic disease. Many readers will relate to this book and find in it a source of hope that someone has been before them. This knowledge of itself is powerful.’ Maggie Mackellar, author of When it Rains
'Cold Vein was harrowing, intense, absorbing and compelling. I defy anyone to read it without shedding a tear... It’s simply a book everyone should read.' Rowena Morcom, Editor of Good Reading magazine
‘Tough, honest, emotionally-engaging and well written…’ Suzanne Falconer, author of Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow
About the author
Anne Tonner is a mother of four and a human rights lawyer. For the last six years, she has run a project in South Western Sydney that helps refugees and asylum seekers to navigate the Australian legal system. When she can, she likes to escape with her husband to Southern Tasmania. Anne is very slowly learning to garden and plans one day to learn to sail.