Watch this 3-minute film about The Art of Not Falling Apart, made by award-winning film director Randall Wright, with award-winning cinematographer Patrick Duval, and with music by the great John Harle.
The Art of Not Falling Apart (Atlantic Books, £14.99)
Christina has been reviewing other people’s books for more than 25 years, and is very relieved that she finally has a book out of her own. This is what it says on the jacket:
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 was picked as an editor’s choice in The Bookseller and there have been extracts and related features in The Sunday Times, The Observer, Woman & Home and Red. You can listen to her talk to Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour about her book. You can listen to Christina talk about the book on the podcast, Absolutely Novel here. You can read a pdf of the wonderful review in the Mail on Sunday here. You can order a copy from Amazon. If you like it, please leave a review!
If you would like Christina to give a talk on one of the themes in the book, you can contact her here.
I thoroughly enjoyed it - a kind of war reporter’s dispatches from the barricades of modern life
A page turner! – insightful, sad, funny and so well written
brilliant, poignant, but also very funny
It’s terrific – moving, wise and funny
A witty and wise book … Highly recommended if you’re feeling blue. Or if you’re not.
Tender and funny
poignant and very funny
A tender, beautiful exploration of how we survive pressure, from a tender, beautiful writer
wise, funny… you feel as if you are listening to your cleverest, funniest and, above all, kindest friend
a beautifully written and uplifting memoir about love and loss – and finding the resolve to carry on
If you’re 50 and feeling a failure, you must read The Art of Not Falling Apart, by Christina Patterson
poignant and very funny
a very different kind of self-help book: witty, wise and wonderfully relatable