Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater.

She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats she’d have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life a set of circumstances can collide, and normal behaviour can soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn memoir of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.


Author portrait by Chris Bertram

Katie Green is an artist and illustrator living in the south west of England. Lighter Than My Shadow initially began as a degree project and took five years to complete. Katie is also illustrator of The Crystal Mirror and Other Stories, written by Tim Malnick (Vala, 2013), and editor of The Green Bean, a bimonthly zine featuring observational drawings and comics, recipes, book reviews and craft projects.

Lighter Than My Shadow is published by Jonathan Cape. Read more.