My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety

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My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety

My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety

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This memoir, told in gloriously comic vignettes, is an utterly joyful reflection on living – and sometimes thriving sometimes not – with anxiety. While at times I was thrown by just how jumbled everything feels, and trying to connect these often disjointed fleeting moments together, I also felt in tune with everything that was written. Pritchett is self-deprecating to the maximum – For example, I love the way she describes her shoulders as “Muppet Shoulders”. I also learned, that while teeth things in books are triggering for me, someone anxious talking about their teeth problems and scary situation only heightened that feeling, so if you have anxiety around some of the main topics of the stories, they might be harder to take.

I thought most of the snippets were trying too hard to be funny (NOT succeeding), trying to be offbeat or trite (worrying about being single, dying alone, finding her body weeks later with her cat …). It never becomes about name-dropping and there is always Pritchett’s imposter syndrome to contend with – she is self-deprecating to the point of not realising that her achievements are down to her own talent. Oh, and a note to younger women, if you get on an elevator and your much older idol comes in to kiss and fondle you, and to your chagrin, he does it again the next night. At times, she made me laugh out loud, and I especially enjoyed her account of parenting her sons and her efforts to deal with anxiety. But there are times Pritchett reaches into more serious themes such as her own mental health, the me too movement, suicide ideation and the time her school friends made a teacher cry (that was sad).Katherine Parkinson of the IT Crowd is the perfect narrator for this book, she truly acts the role she is portraying.

Louisa Joyner said: ‘Since opening Georgia’s manuscript my life has improved – never mind that the book is brilliant and funny and kind and generous and wise – I felt instantly that I had made a fantastic new friend on the page and I cannot wait to share that joy with a LOT of people. Georgia has a way of bringing the reader into this world she's created in her head, holding your hand and guiding you through this messy life and making you feel everything with them. Going into labor, she fretted about making a fuss ("Sorry to interrupt, but the baby is coming out of my body," I said politely). This has everything you could ever want in a book – hamsters, one-legged action men, the queen, budgies, questionable fashion choices, Robertson’s Giant Limb, the word ‘vagina’ and Jimmy Osmond. Succession, just happens to be one of my favourite shows, I have always thought “this is so brilliantly written” – well now I know who to credit.My favourite parts of this fabulous memoir are the emotionally heartbreaking miscarriages, the health scares of her partner, The Moose, and giving birth to her sons, the Speck and the Scrap, and the joys and challenges of raising them. If you have anxiety in any form, the sentiments will all seem so familiar – except narrated by someone really, really funny. With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics.

I’m always on the lookout for books that make me laugh and – as it made me giggle to myself in Waterstones – this one hit the spot in seconds. To access you ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. This memoir, told in gloriously comic vignettes, is an utterly joyful reflection on living – and sometimes thriving (sometimes not) – with anxiety.I found, though, that the moments of humor helped to temper the more serious stories to make them more palatable. While she achieves professional success her personal life still throws her more curveballs - miscarriages, eventually having two sons (nicknamed 'The Speck' and 'The Scrap') who are diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum, and then her life partner experiencing a potentially fatal health development.

In the end, you get a picture of a woman who is, in many ways, like you and me with her shortcomings, stress, joys, and everything in between.To Pritchett's credit she bypasses sounding too maudlin and steadily keeps the tone breezy and succinct, with her sharp essays or chapters usually only one or two pages in length.

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