You can check out reviews of my novel on Amazon, but here are a few to whet your appetite:
'A superb read. I liked its bite. It is frank and unflinching.'
Martine Croxall, journalist and BBC television news presenter
loves her boyfriend, Tom. So why is she panic-stricken when he asks her
to marry him? Because marriage means living together. And that means he
will find out what she’s really like...
The A-Z of Normal, Clare inhabits a world in which extreme order and
ritual rule. She arranges her belongings with military precision. The
simplest of acts have to be done in a particular manner with dizzying
attention to detail. It’s no wonder that keeping her compulsive
behaviour secret from those closest to her proves exhausting. She wants
to change. She tries to change. As she searches for a ‘cure’, however,
her life becomes ever more complicated and, at times, she appears bent
on throwing away her happiness. The way she is going it seems less and
less likely she will ever make things work with Tom.
Barbour understands the nature of obsessive behaviour and writes about
it brilliantly. She explores a tricky subject with sharpness and humour.
I found myself willing Clare on, wishing she could free herself from
the stranglehold of her destructive compulsions. The A-Z of Normal is a
funny and poignant story. If ever anyone deserves their happy ending,
Maria Malone, Author and Ghostwriter (Cheryl Cole, Tony Hadley, Eamonn Holmes, Mica Paris), www.mariamalonebooks.com
‘I loved The A-Z of Normal, by Helen Barbour. The author uses an intelligent blend of both humour and poignancy to journey with the protagonist through something inherently challenging. It's an intriguing exploration and clever observation of a challenging and touching personal struggle that leaves the reader satisfied...and yet hungry for more by the end of the book. I hope there will be a sequel!’
‘The A to Z of Normal is a well-paced book which I found difficult to put down.
Clare is finding it difficult to overcome her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) behaviour before she marries Tom. Her family, each occupied with issues in their own lives, know nothing of her struggle so are unable to offer her any help. She joins a group in the hope that others suffering from OCD can offer support and there she meets Michael who creates additional problems in her life.
This captivating story explores the difficulties faced by OCD sufferers in a sensitive and humorous way.’