Coming Undone

A Memoir

Terri White

Every morning when I wake up, I'm always surprised, sometimes crestfallen, to have been spat out again, tender and bruised and somehow a little less.
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A powerful, raw and unflinchingly honest account of a life coming undone

‘BREATHTAKING’ Dolly Alderton, ‘REMARKABLE’ Marian Keyes, ‘LIFE-CHANGING’ Emma Jane Unsworth, ‘COMPELLING’ Amy Liptrot, ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ Sali Hughes

To everyone else, Terri White appeared to be living the dream – living in New York City, with a top job editing a major magazine. In reality, she was struggling with the trauma of an abusive childhood and rapidly skidding towards a mental health crisis that would land her in a psychiatric ward.

Coming Undone is Terri’s story of her unravelling, and her precarious journey back from a life in pieces.


“A stunning memoir, hard reading in places, but it feels urgent and necessary … White writes like a blood-stained angel”
Cathy Rentzenbrink
the Times

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“A breathtaking read … her honesty and her eloquence is the thing that makes it such a privilege to read … a raw, shocking, beautiful book”
Dolly Alderton
the High Low

Coming Undone by Terri White is possibly the most affecting, moving memoir I’ve ever read. Painful and exquisite, her writing about how childhood trauma shaped her got to me in a very visceral way. It’s a remarkable book”
Marian Keyes

“Raw and remarkable”
guardian, Book Of The Year

“Powerful and moving, beautifully written, packed with stunning set-pieces and, I thought, a stinging-but-dazzling, complicated love-hate letter to NYC, and to how our dreams can too often deceive us. I found it bittersweet and raw, and radical as a memoir narrative: not so much a redemption tale as a chronicle of the real fallout of trauma: messy, difficult, intricate, infinite … [A] life-changing read”
Emma Jane Unsworth


Terri White

Terri White is a writer, broadcaster and the Editor-in-Chief of Empire magazine, for which she was named Entertainment Magazine Editor of the Year (British Society of Magazine Editors). She previously edited some of the biggest publications in the UK and US, including Time Out New York and ShortList, and has also written for the Guardian, Grazia and the Big Issue.

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