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Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Me­lanie Mur­phy Hatch­ette, 320 pages, €14.99

The Dublin ‘life­style’ vlog­ger grew up in the dig­i­tal age and amassed more than half a mil­lion YouTube sub­scribers.

This de­but book is a pot­ted his­tory of her life on­line — a chap­ter that be­gan in earnest in 2013 — and she ex­plores the pros and cons of liv­ing a life in the pub­lic gaze.

From deal­ing with the abuse of on­line trolls, to liv­ing with anx­i­ety and eat­ing dis­or­ders and from cop­ing with acne to com­ing to terms with her sex­u­al­ity, Mur­phy ar­gues that it is through our most dif­fi­cult times we can learn the most about our­selves.

And, she sug­gests in this quasi self­help guide, by learn­ing to value and love our­selves, we can over­come what­ever ob­sta­cles life throws our way.

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