King’s Lynn author’s battle with ME

Author Deborah Bridgeman with her Cafe Culture Book, pictured at the Greyfriars Art Space Exhibition. ANL-140830-161913009
Author Deborah Bridgeman with her Cafe Culture Book, pictured at the Greyfriars Art Space Exhibition. ANL-140830-161913009
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A Lynn woman is hoping to raise awareness of the chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, with the release of her debut book.

Cafe Culture, A Book of Tea, Tales and Toddler Tantrums, tells how author Deborah Bridgeman found a way of coping with the disabling condition – with the help of a cuppa.

Mrs Bridgeman, who has suffered from ME since 2006, said: “Basically, the book came out of not being able to walk very far. I often need somewhere to stop and take a rest and that’s when I started going to cafes.

“My daughter was about one-and-a-half years old at the time and I found it really relaxing to stop and have a cup of tea. People would also chat to my daughter as she is quite cheeky, and it became a bit of a passion of mine.”

Mrs Bridgeman, who started writing the book four years ago, added: “ME is still not really out there. People don’t know what the symptoms are, and if they don’t know, they can’t understand. I wanted to do something that would help raise awareness.”

The book is partly autobiographical and includes a special section on tea, written by Mrs Bridgeman’s “tea fanatic” husband.

It was officially launched on Saturday at the start of the All The Tea and China exhibition at Lynn’s Greyfriars Art Space.

The exhibition features a number of talented artists from across Norfolk, all celebrating the nation’s obsession with tea.