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.

Book

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 hereYou 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.

People Say:

I thoroughly enjoyed it - a kind of war reporter’s dispatches from the barricades of modern life

Robert Harris bestselling author

A page turner! – insightful, sad, funny and so well written

Kirsty Wark TV presenter and novelist

brilliant, poignant, but also very funny

Caroline Sanderson non-fiction editor The Bookseller

It’s terrific – moving, wise and funny

Terence Blacker novelist

A witty and wise book … Highly recommended if you’re feeling blue. Or if you’re not.

Sarah Churchwell author and academic

Tender and funny

Sunday Post

poignant and very funny

Sunday Express

A tender, beautiful exploration of how we survive pressure, from a tender, beautiful writer

Johann Hari bestselling author

wise, funny… you feel as if you are listening to your cleverest, funniest and, above all, kindest friend

Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday

a beautifully written and uplifting memoir about love and loss – and finding the resolve to carry on

Matthew Syed The Times

If you’re 50 and feeling a failure, you must read The Art of Not Falling Apart, by Christina Patterson

Liz Jones Mail on Sunday

poignant and very funny

Sunday Express

a very different kind of self-help book: witty, wise and wonderfully relatable

Sarah Hughes the I