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Man Down

Why Men Are Unhappy and What We Can Do About It
By: Matt Rudd
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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From the outside, the men of today should be happy. They have it comparatively easy. They still get paid more for doing the same jobs. They are still 40 per cent more likely than women to be promoted to management roles. At home, men do washing up and petrol, wine and bins. Women still do everything else. 

But below the surface, there is a different story unfolding. Men in the UK are three times more likely to take their own life than women. Men aged 45-49 have the highest rate of suicide, nearly four times that of women the same age. Their reported levels of stress are higher and their levels of happiness are lower. The evidence is clear and ironic: the system set up by men, which doesn't work for women, isn't working for men either. It's making none of us happy. 

Man Down is by turns compassionate and provocative as Matt Rudd digs with humour and honesty into the reasons behind this unhappiness and what we might be able to do about it. Part memoir, part manifesto, Man Down is rich in stories from Matt's own life and from the varied lives of many other men he interviews.

©2020 Matt Rudd (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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You're not alone

Recommended and I felt obliged to finish it. Rewound the last few minutes three times looking for the 'advice " or the cure to mid life crisis as I sit here awake at 4.20am worried about going back to sleep. I laughed out loud in the first few chapters. Compared and thought better of myself in the next few. Spoiler alert... The answers are the same. Be kinder to yourself. Less judgemental. Be present. Connect more. Take time to listen to your heart every day. Now I've told you the lasagne tastes good that shouldn't stop you from eating it yourself. Enjoy.

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