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Summary

“I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough. I am afraid. But I am doing it anyway.” 

In this vivid and powerful collection of essays, Emilie Pine boldly confronts the past to better understand herself, her relationships and her role in society. She speaks to the business of living as a woman in the 21st century - its extraordinary pain and its extraordinary joy. Tackling subjects like addiction, fertility, feminism and sexual violence, and where these subjects intersect with legislation, these beautifully written essays are at one fascinating and funny, intimate and searingly honest.  

Devastatingly poignant and profoundly wise - and joyful against the odds - Notes to Self offers a portrait not just of its author but of a whole generation.

©2019 Emilie Pine (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Pine is not simply making something worthwhile out of pain, but showing others that they can do so, too.” (Financial Times)

“Do not read this book in public: it will make you cry.” (Anne Enright)

“Emilie Pine is a wise and talented essayist [...] every line pulses with the pain and the joy and complexity of an extraordinary life.” (Mark O’Connell)

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Wow! I feel like I know myself better now.

Thank you Emily, for your refreshing honesty. And for sharing your powerful story, you're inspirational.

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Just another white woman...

I feel a bit means because I've listened to SO MANY books like this recently and I've not reviewed the other but I'm just exhausted with hearing the same things over.

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Really enjoyable and well read essays

A lot of it resonated with me and I think all women will feel the same. There's a little bit of all of us in these lines. Very well read too. Thank you.

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Wonderful essential moving essays

Emilie Pine tells HER story and reflected in it is so many women’s stories and experiences. I feel moved, empowered, emboldened and stronger for listening, I’m keeping this for my daughter; passing to my sister and recommending to friends

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for every woman to read

this is a must read. I love that Emilie Pine
narrates the book herself.

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Amazing

The best book I’ve read/listened to. Ever. Although I could not relate to all her experiences, it’s like Emilie Pine is in my head. Beautifully written, raw and totally real. Loved it.

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A must-read for all 30 something women

Life-affirming words spoken with raw honesty which left me with a racing chest and a desperate urge to announce to everyone I know that they need to consume this book.
Emilie's words were given life by her lilting voice which exuded emotion to just the right degree that she maintained a professional exterior without seeming too cute

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Pretty good

Pretty good, enjoyed it, loved the soft Irish accent and agreed with most of it. Found it a bit flat at times.

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Important work...

Beautifully written Emilie Pine’s essays pierced through me with their courage and honesty... just like I needed them to...

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It was OK......

I bought this book based on the positive reviews and I certainly expected more than I got. To me this book is basically a description of all the bad things that happened in her life without much insight or advice to others. So literally like reading (listening to) someone's diary. Yes the things that happened in her life were tragic, sad etc. but nothing more than the average person living in the UK or Ireland would experience. Very general life events. Some of her writing came across as self indulgent which was annoying. I liked the chapters talking about feminism and how females feel about their bodies, that was interesting and I would be happy to read more from her on these issues.