Publications – eating disorders

Now on bookshelves across the world including Canada, Australia, USA, UK…

‘Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family’ (pub 2004, John Wiley and Sons)

When my daughter, aged 23, told me she’s been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, binge-purge type, the words anorexia and bulimia were on the very edge of my vocabulary; I knew nothing at [...]

Petition – eating disorders

NEEDS Scotland and SEDIG led the campaign for better resources e.g. training, to encourage early recognition of these devastating addictive/compulsive illnesses which affect the whole family as well as the person who has the eating disorder e.g. anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Early recognition may mean the difference between life and death, especially in anorexia, recovery [...]

NEEDS Scotland

I’ve been an active member of North East Eating Disorders Support (Scotland) for several years now.  NEEDS Scotland is a registered Scottish charity meeting regularly in Aberdeen, which offers confidential support and information on eating disorders.

Last year I handed over as chair person to Heather, though I still help out as a facilitator or [...]

AED International Conference 08

Checking in at Aberdeen airport at 6 a.m. on 13th May, I was not surprised that my case earned a special label Heavy Contents…the taxi driver had used the same words as he carried it down the steep steps before I left home…

I didn’t see the case again until I dragged it off the [...]

Work in Eating Disorders

When my daughter, aged 23, was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa I could find no help or support and it took me two years to begin to find information when I eventually discovered EDA by chance – now b-eat uk. 

Having at one time been trained as a Samaritan I decided to start a local [...]

Writing – published work


‘Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder’ , by Professor Janet Treasure, Gráinne Smith and Anna Crane, pub 2007 by Routledge

‘Families, Carers and Professionals: Building Constructive Conversations’  by Gráinne Smith, pub 2007 by John Wiley and Sons

‘Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family’ by Gráinne Smith, pub 2004 by [...]


My passion is writing in all forms of communication, including writing as a therapy… I’ve been writing, mainly stories, since I was a child.  In fact, can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories and writing them down.  In 1997 I gave up my full time job to concentrate on writing.

Mainly published [...]