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The Boy Who Loved Apples

The Boy Who Loved Apples: A mother’s battle with her son’s anorexia

Amanda Webster

When it became clear that Amanda Webster’s eleven-year-old son Riche was not just a little too skinny but dangerously ill, people were often surprised.

Do boys get anorexia? they would ask.

And then, How did he get it? 

That was the question Amanda asked herself, too. She had trained as a doctor; she knew that every disease has a cause. And if her son had an eating disorder, she wondered what the cause could possibly be but something she and her husband Kevin had done—or failed to do? 

Quick to blame both Kevin and herself, worried about how her two other kids were coping, Amanda also found herself at odds with a medical establishment that barely understood Riche’s illness, far less how to treat it. And as she embarked on the long, agonising process of saving her son’s life she found herself battling not just Riche’s demons but her own. 

Brave, honest and ultimately uplifting, The Boy Who Loved Apples is a compelling and beautifully written account of life with an eating disorder, and a gritty, moving testament to a mother’s love.


Mia Freedman
Richard Fidler on ABC Local Radio
Pregnancy Birth and Beyond show on Bay FM 99.9

Amanda Webster
About the Author

Amanda Webster grew up in Kalgoorlie, the goldmining town of Western Australia. She graduated from the University of Western Australia as a doctor, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. She left medicine to raise a family with her husband, Kevin. Amanda turned to writing after her son Riche’s illness and is currently an MFA...

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2 July 2012
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‘An exhausting read but an invaluable education about this complex illness.‘

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