Conor Nolan, Cavan 

Conor is a financial engineer, public speaker and podcaster from county Cavan, who studied theoretical physics at NUI Galway. After a battle with anorexia at the young age of 12.

Conor turned his physical state around to become a competitive powerlifter. At the age of 20, in the midst of a bitter battle with depression he decided to put his story on paper, to show others that its ok to talk about their mental health, and that life can change for the better when we least expect it.

Conor self published his first book "NORMAL" which is a personal account of his teenage years, which he discusses in an informal chat between himself and a fictional character whom he introduces as “The Stranger”

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NORMAL

€10.00

NORMAL

€10.00

by Conor Nolan

 

About the Book

 

NORMAL is a personal account of my teenage years, which I discuss in an informal chat between myself and a fictional character whom I introduce as “The Stranger”. At the age of 12, I had a terrible battle with anorexia. I talk about my downward spiral into that dark frame of mind, how it affected my family and I, and how counselling really can save a life.

In my mid-teens, after finding a love for the gym, I learned of the paralysing small-town mindset that exists in rural Ireland, forcing young people to behave and act like everyone else around them; hence the book’s title. In my journey to becoming a competitive powerlifter and university student, I discuss the priceless nature of being true to oneself and following the goals that are important to us.

At the age of 19, a bitter battle with depression showed me the extent of the stigma surrounding mental health in Ireland. After several conversations with close friends, I was inspired to put my story on paper, to show others that it’s ok not to be ok, and that our lives can change for the better in ways that we never thought possible.