The Art of Not Falling Apart

The Art of Not Falling Apart

We plan, as the old proverb says, and God laughs. But most of us don't find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most of us want love, a nice home, good work, and happy children. Many of us grew up with parents who made these things look relatively easy and assumed we would get them, too. So what do you do if you don't? What do you do when you feel you've messed it all We plan, as the old proverb says, and God laughs. But most of us don't find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most o...

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Title:The Art of Not Falling Apart
Author:Christina Patterson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1786492741
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:344 pages pages

The Art of Not Falling Apart Reviews

  • Sue
    Nov 26, 2018
    A book that I almost stopped reading but somehow persevered with, and I'm glad I did. Rambling and sometimes self-indulgent but overall an intimate look into one woman's life, along with people she interviews in her quest to understand why people can keep going under the hardest of cir...
  • Mary
    Aug 19, 2018
    I can't recall what prompted me to buy this, as I know nothing about Christina Patterson, but I really enjoyed this and found it charming and relate-able. ...
  • Gisela Valdera
    Apr 07, 2019
    I bought this book the week after I packed all my belongings in a suitcase and moved from my sunny southern european city to London. I was, as most people are when they go through a period of monumental change, a big pile of anxiety and worried thoughts. I was having trouble sleepi...
  • Nick
    Feb 14, 2019
    In daily life we always have our day to day worries. Some of these we can worry too much in terms of our lives. We end up with anxiety/ depression and stress due to juggling our lives and our work. The author talks about dealing with major life events, losing a job. Being diagnosed wit...
  • Chrys
    Jun 15, 2018
    A really interesting read, I really liked the overall message of this - it was very inspiring to read about how other people have dealt with trauma in their lives. Finding positivity and beauty in the everyday makes the journey forward a more rewarding experience. Some great insights ...
  • Kelly Thomas
    May 23, 2018
    Inspirational This book I found inspirational and thought-provoking, I read it at a reflective time in my own personal life. The subjects of which Christina Patterson talks about throughout the book, many resonated with me and gave me a new perspective on looking at things that I have...
  • gaverne Bennett
    Jun 24, 2018
    Very insightful, very interesting, very thought-provoking. ...
  • Emma Battcock
    Oct 21, 2018
    I laughed when I picked up this book at our village fete bookstall and said, I need to read this, when all I could see was the title. If you?re living, you need to read this - this is Life. ...
  • Sarah Foster
    May 25, 2018
    Really enjoyable and relatable read It was interesting to relate so strongly to a book and hear my own thoughts through the voice of another. The book allowed me to indulge some of my own (often negative) emotions and also I found it uplifting and inspiring. I have recommended it to...
  • Dee
    Feb 22, 2019
    An uplifting but not an 'aren't I wonderful' mini-memoir on coping with the things that life throws at you. Christina is one of my favourite media commentators and her book reflects her getting-on-with-it attitude. Highly recommended. ...
  • Dawn Woods
    Jan 27, 2019
    Started well. Went on too long ...
  • Purple
    May 05, 2018
    'I have never had a heart attack, but I think I now have some idea what it?s like. For days after I walked out of that office on Kensington High Street, I felt as if I had something crouching on my chest.' Christina Patterson's wonderful book starts its first chapter, entitled 'Kafka...
  • Zora
    Jul 14, 2018
    This book caught my attention when the author was interviewed, alongside Olivia Laing, on a recent Guardian book podcast about auto fiction. Now this book is clearly not auto fiction and shares little in common with Laing?s Crudo, which is magnificent. But in its own way it is pretty...
  • Linda Hepworth
    May 10, 2018
    Freud referred to love and work as ?the cornerstones of our humanness? and although Christina Patterson?s search for love was leaving something to be desired, at least she felt that her love of her job was keeping her going through life?s ups and downs. However, when the editor...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 04, 2018
    Collection of observational and conversational essays, some of which were bleakly depressing and others so soft and lovely. Third section was my favorite. ...
  • Helen Elgin
    Jun 01, 2018
    Wow. Just wow. An utterly unflinching and powerful book. Lol?d and wept. Thank you, Christina Patterson. ...
  • B.
    Feb 03, 2019
    I choose this book, I will admit, purely based on the title. I felt like falling apart when I did not get the job I prepared for over two months for (failing the interview score by one stupid point) and did not get the flat I wanted because it turned out not to be as splendid as I tho...
  • buzylizzie
    May 10, 2018
    This put me in mind of articles I have read in women's magazines about how people have faced adversity and come out of it stronger or wiser and made changes in their lives. These articles are supposed to be motivational but on the whole I suspect most readers are not inspired to take ...
  • Syazwanie Winston Abdullah
    Apr 24, 2019
    Disclaimer : I received this copy from Pansing in exchange for my honest review. I have never liked reading autobiographies or memoirs. And this book reinstated my believe ? It started out great. The first few chapters were funny, quirky and witty. I felt connected with Christ...
  • Angela L
    May 07, 2018
    I approached this with high expectations and, whilst there are some wonderfully moving stories within, came away slightly disppaointed. For me it was just a little too disjointed. A lot of the personal stories were referred to piecemeal in multiple chapters and that meant that, for me...
  • Lesley A
    Jul 03, 2018
    When Life doesn?t go according to plan, what do you do? You just get on with it. A thoroughly enjoyable and moving account of resilience in the face of illness, divorce, unemployment, death, heartbreak, and so on. And the importance of family, friends, love, laughter, celebration, an...
  • Isla Scott
    May 01, 2018
    I found this to be an insightful read. It was both sobering and quite amusing at different times. I could relate to the authors enthusiasm for journalism, as its a line of work thats interested me personally, although with me having social anxiety I accept its not likely to be my calli...
  • Jack
    May 09, 2018
    Well worth a read if you are struggling in your life Really enjoyed this book ? was not sure what to expect when I started reading it. It is certainly a book that many might find enjoyable in different ways even though there are some very sad tales from people in the authors life....
  • S D
    Feb 03, 2019
    I really enjoyed hearing about different people's obstacles and experiences. Quite uplifting and well worth a look. Nicely written. ...
  • Janet Camilleri
    Jun 11, 2019
    How do people cope and keep going when life throws them a curve ball? Christina begins by talking about the pain of being made redundant from a job she loved - before going on to share her own story of "losing her religion" - both topics I personally identified with. Throughout the boo...
  • Lucy Lang
    Dec 10, 2018
    This is some read. So honest, so interesting, so brave. I loved all the life stories of the people she met in the course of her life. I'm so glad the author bought that bolthole in Tuscany and found love after all her struggles. ...
  • Kerry Henderson
    May 05, 2018
    An honest story of life through all the stages and challenges we face. From love and friends to grief and those sent to challenge us. Told by a journalist after losing her job. This is a series of conversations between the author and those she has met through her lives. It seems to...
  • caturix
    Jun 12, 2018
    This wonderful non fiction read follows our author through the misogynistic and unfair media industry as a journalist. So for Christina Patterson, a former columnist at the Independent and Director of Poetry Society who writes about society, culture, politics, books and the arts as w...
  • Orláith
    May 03, 2018
    The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson should be required reading for anyone tempted to do just that, to give up. While I easily could have devoured this book in one sitting I chose to read it in chunks over the course of a few days to better make it last. The au...
  • ALAN GROVES
    Jul 02, 2018
    Loved this and one of the few books that made me cry. Really honest account of his to deal w with life's adversities. ...