Damian Cooper lives in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with his wife and daughter. He is the manager of a social welfare agency providing care and support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged youth.
His memoir Angela’s Anorexia: The Story of My Mother is Damian’s own story of the debilitating illness, anorexia nervosa, that his single mother suffered from throughout his childhood. The mother and son formed a close bond and the boy’s description of their life together is filled with both joy and sadness.
Set in Australia and New Zealand, the memoir is a true account of the early years of Damian Cooper’s life without reference to the medical terms of the eating disorder psychopathology. His story is told simply so that it is accessible to the average reader. All dates, place names and events in this memoir are factual. However, in accordance with the wishes of certain participants, many names have been changed in order to protect their privacy.