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The Art of Not Falling Apart

Narrated by: Christina Patterson
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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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 up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?  

For Christina Patterson, it was her job as a journalist that kept her going through the ups and downs of life. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she had never done before. The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. 

There's Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from a FTSE-100 board. There's Winston, who fell through a ceiling onto a purple coffin. There's Louise, whose baby was seriously ill, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there's Christina, eating far too many crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life.  

The Art of Not Falling Apart is a joyous, moving and sometimes shockingly honest celebration of life as an adventure, one where you ditch your expectations, raise a glass and prepare for a rocky ride.

©2018 Christina Patterson (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd
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mixed feelings

I can't say I loved this book. if anything positive, it gave me a renewed wake up call to appreciate all the good in life & a reminder to take care of yourself but for the most part I felt the author was writing more of a diary that wasn't very structured or consistant and wondered in and out of topics with no apparent flow. Lots of examples of people who have been through some of lifes worst trials but not alot to offer in terms of insight or overcoming.

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Touching and insightful

While I was expecting a little more in the ‘how to’ vein, it was actually a positive aspect of the book that it wasn’t too much like that. A very honest and personal account of the author’s and others’ struggles that do make you wonder how they didn’t fall apart. Offered a lot to think about and nicely shot through with humour and lots of references to the healing power of food and drink!

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  • Julia Jaffe-Reaboi
  • 11-01-20

Like having a 9 hr drink with friend

I found the author to be often courageously honest and not gratuitously so. The converging struggles she describes often get so bad that one wants to look away -- like at a picture of a mother holding a starving child -- because you just can't afford to identify with her. Yet Christina did not look away from her own trials. Narration is very pleasant. Please audiobooks, realize that narration can make or break a book.