‘Extremely compelling’ – THE GUARDIAN
‘It’s a fascinating read… Buy the book! Buy the book!’ – JO GOOD, BBC RADIO LONDON
‘Searing… funny, eloquent and honest’ – PSYCHOLOGIES
‘Remarkable… I hope this book finds a wide readership’ – WASHINGTON POST
‘A beautifully-rendered memoir’ – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
‘Often as chilling as Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, but also full of so much inner and external turbulence that it reminded me at times of The Bourne Identity and Memento. Readers will root for Lily, even when she is attempting to run away from the realities and sometimes authorities chasing her.’ – HUFFPOST UK
‘A harrowingly honest memoir’ – KIRKUS REVIEWS’
Because We Are Bad is an emotional, challenging read. Lily takes us deep into the heart of the illness but she is also a deft writer, and even the darkest moments are peppered with wit and wry observations.’ – JAMES LLOYD, OCD-UK
As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad.
By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied upon her classmates.
Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it came with a bizarre twist.
This true story lights up the workings of the mind like Mark Haddon or Matt Haig. Anyone who wants to know about OCD, and how to fight back, should read this book.