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

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Winning a prestigious award, she agonized over receiving free gifts after the ceremony (It was an excruciating experience. As Pritchett becomes older and immersed in her career, the reader is treated to some lovely anecdotes about celebrities and working on high-profile comedy programmes. Pritchett is self-deprecating to the maximum – For example, I love the way she describes her shoulders as “Muppet Shoulders”. This original, fun, smart, comic and witty memoir is the result, it is largely in the form of anecdotes, vignettes, and thoughts, covering her childhood, where her anxious nature is apparent, family, school, college, personal relationships and her stellar professional career.

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. But it’s more than just a few laughs; Pritchett is very frank and honest about the highs (working on Veep) and the lows (two young sons on the autism spectrum) of her life, all navigated while managing her own intense anxiety. to embracing womanhood (One way of knowing you have crossed from girlhood to womanhood is that men stop furtively masturbating at you from bushes and start shouting things at you from cars) to becoming a mother (Birth is a beautiful thing, if your idea of beauty is a tractor pulling a combine harvester out of your vagina), Georgia Pritchett’s memoir takes us through a life lived anxiously. Some of Pritchett's descriptions of her lowest moments were deeply moving and some of the most realistic descriptions of depression that I have ever read.This book contains a series of vignettes depicting and inflating (no doubt) some of the most absurd elements of Pritchett’s life.

This was at times funny and relatable, I can definitely see the comparison to Jenny Lawson, and the description that drew me in felt delivered on. to embracing womanhood, (One way of knowing you have crossed from girlhood to womanhood is that men stop furtively masturbating at you from bushes and start shouting things at you from cars. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password.building a career for herself in a deeply misogynistic industry, managing high levels of anxiety since childhood, and dealing with parenthood later on. The book begins as a recollection of a childhood filled with anxiety and grows into an exploration of the joys and intense challenges of professional and family life (and of course their inevitable intersections). Soul-baring yet lighthearted, poignant yet written with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, My Mess Is a Bit of a Life is a tour through the carnival funhouse of Georgia's life, from her anxiety-ridden early childhood where disaster loomed around every corner (When I was little I used to think that sheep were clouds that had fallen to earth. 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. There are some great running jokes – Bob Dylan’s every appearance made me snort with laughter – but there is also real warmth in the descriptions.

While not read by Georgia herself, Katherine Parkinson did a good job as narrator of this audiobook. Delightfully offbeat, painfully honest, full of surprising wonders, and delivering plenty of hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments, My Mess Is a Bit of a Life reveals a talented, vulnerable, and strong woman in all her wisecracking weirdness, and makes us love it—and her—too.Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes. The book also features what is possibly the most unexpectedly heartwarming segment that I've read this year, featuring the author taking her eldest son (who is undemonstrative by nature and does not like loud noises or crowds) to a large wedding reception for one of his beloved teachers.

Going into labor, she fretted about making a fuss ("Sorry to interrupt, but the baby is coming out of my body," I said politely). I wasn’t familiar with the name of Georgia Pritchett, but unwittingly I was already familiar with some of comedic writing work from the satirical programmes and the recent amazing ‘Succession’, so this really was purchased on the basis of cover and enticing title and a great choice of narrator.This felt like reading a very chaotic manifestation of someone's thoughts, snippets of memories and emotions over the course of their life. 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 accompanied her at every turn. This memoir is a joyful reflection on just how to live – and sometimes even thrive (sometimes not) – with anxiety. The written word hasn’t made me laugh out loud like this for ages – and you all know how funny words can be. Georgia invented a superhero alter ego and had an imaginary friend, Samantha, who was never keen on spending any time with her.

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