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This is Not a Pity Memoir

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529388367

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 12th May 2022

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Both very funny and as propulsive as a thriller…impossible to put down’ RACHEL COOKE, Observer

‘Breathtaking . . . this book is a gift’ MERYL STREEP

The kind of book you will find yourself saying urgently, over and over, to friends: ‘Have you read it?’ CAITLIN MORAN

‘Gripping, funny and always honest’ DAVID NICHOLLS

‘Truly breathtaking. I could not have loved it more’ CAREY MULLIGAN
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An ordinary day.
The end of ordinary life.


One morning in June, Abi had her to-do list – drop the kids to school, get coffee and go to work. Jacob had a bad headache so she added ‘pick up steroids’. She returned home and found the man she loved and fought and laughed with for twenty years lying on the bathroom floor.

And nothing would ever be the same again.

But this is not a pity memoir. It’s about meeting your person. And crazed late night Google trawls. It’s about the things you wished you’d said to the person that matters then wildly over-sharing with the barista who doesn’t know you at all. It’s about sushi and the wrong shoes and the moments you want to shout ‘cut’. It’s about the silence when you are lost in space and the importance of family and parties and noise.

It’s the difference between surviving and living.
It’s a reminder that, even in the worst times, there is light ahead.

It’s a love story.

Reviews

Very moving but never sentimental, tough but never cynical . . . gripping, funny and always honest
DAVID NICHOLLS
I wept. I laughed. I dared to hope. I felt my heart crack. This book is life. It is exceptional
SAM BAKER
An extraordinary story told extraordinarily well. I don't know how Abi Morgan has managed to live through all this, let alone write such a fascinating, heartbreaking yet frequently funny book about it. It is so gripping I honestly couldn't put it down
MARINA HYDE
Funny and brutally honest . . . an absolute insight for those of us lucky enough to never know life like this
PANDORA SYKES
Incredibly powerful, moving, funny, honest & brave. I LOVED it
EDITH BOWMAN
The kind of book you will find yourself saying urgently, over and over, to friends: 'Have you read it?'
CAITLIN MORAN
A mash-up of all the things I love in a book - honesty, comedy, pathos and what-happens-next. It's brutal - in a good way - but above all else it's a testament to kindness, stickability and enduring love
KIT DE WAAL
Truly breathtaking. Arrestingly honest, funny, profound and exquisitely written. I could not have loved it more
CAREY MULLIGAN
With her trademark deadpan, trenchant wit, and a deeply soulful mindfulness, Abi Morgan takes a breathtaking hike on the cliff edge of a life upended by illness. By turns harrowing, cracking sharp and heartbreaking, it is comforting to accompany someone with her sense of humor and the absurd on this trip - this book is a gift to anyone who has been similarly unmoored by fate and the furies
MERYL STREEP
A very moving and utterly absorbing story told with the surgical skill of the brilliant scriptwriter she is
ALEXANDRA SHULMAN
A sharp, poignant and witty joy to read that will leave you energised and uplifted
CELIA WALDEN
Told with brutal honesty and a heroic amount of humour . . compelling
Radio Times
Heart-breaking but life affirming and soul-stirring . . . Told with a candid honesty and humour . . . a touching love story and a testament to the human spirit, family and friendship
SARRA MANNING, Red
Uplifting and powerful
Women and Home
Captivating and compelling
Express
Compelling . . . mordant humour and heart-warming beauty
Irish Independent
I couldn't put it down
EMMA BARNETT, Woman’s Hour
Both very funny and as propulsive as a thriller...impossible to put down.
RACHEL COOKE, Observer
Astonishing, terrifying, heartbreaking... as well as grief and fear, there is humour, tenderness and so much love
Express