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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Going into labor, she fretted about making a fuss ("Sorry to interrupt, but the baby is coming out of my body," I said politely). In therapy, in full confession mode, the author free associates her way to the very last lines, and by the time we got there I realized I had laughed out loud many, many times, gotten quiet and reflective a few time, sobbed once with heartfelt love for the beauty of the moment she'd described, and then was gently read out of her book with her last line, full of appreciation for all that she'd shared with me. 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.

From worrying about the monsters under her bed as a child, to embracing womanhood, to being offered free gifts after an award ceremony, worry has. This felt like reading a very chaotic manifestation of someone's thoughts, snippets of memories and emotions over the course of their life.That’s how Pritchett makes us see her beyond the glitter and glamour of celebrities she met or the awards she won. Some of Pritchett’s experiences are heartbreaking, yet there is a matter-of-fact presentation of them and an ability to see humour in the darkest of situations. This memoir is a joyful reflection on just how to live – and sometimes even thrive (sometimes not) – with anxiety.

Some of the stories were not particularly funny at all and were instead sad and serious, so if you were looking for something to cheer you up about anxiety, something that holds funny the entire time, this might not be the right collection for you.Beginning with memories from far back in her childhood through her teenage years up to the present, Pritchett strings together anecdotes and musings about her life. Told with warmth, pace and humour, it touches on dark areas while remaining both engaging and touching throughout. 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. Pritchett is self-deprecating to the maximum – For example, I love the way she describes her shoulders as “Muppet Shoulders”.

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