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My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety

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One way of knowing you have crossed from girlhood to womanhood is that men stop furtively masturbating at you from bushes and start shouting things at you from cars. She has suffered some serious loss and faced several challenges but brings humor to sharing many of her experiences.

It came across less like a memoir of one’s experiences with mental health and their methods of dealing with it, and more as a therapy journal which was published via the author’s prestige, rather than her talent. She addresses all these different aspects of her life with self-deprecatory humour balanced with emotionally charged moments. I had no idea who Georgia Pritchett was, but I quickly grew to like her through her very relatable musings in this unconventional memoir.Given my book obsession (hardly a secret), it is quite rare that I pick up a newly released book in my genres in Waterstones that I haven’t heard of before. This felt like reading a very chaotic manifestation of someone's thoughts, snippets of memories and emotions over the course of their life. Oh, and a note to younger women, if you get on an elevator and your much older idol comes in to kiss and fondle you, and to your chagrin, he does it again the next night. This is one of the most wonderfully warm, hilarious and riveting memoirs that I have ever read, of an anxiety ridden Georgia Pritchett making her way through life, personally and professionally, blessed with all the funnies, self deprecating, in the tradition of so much British humour.

Although the sense of humor is on point, it sometimes feels claustrophobic to put yourself in the author's shoes. This book contains a series of vignettes depicting and inflating (no doubt) some of the most absurd elements of Pritchett’s life. Going into labor, she fretted about making a fuss (“Sorry to interrupt, but the baby is coming out of my body,” I said politely).Her father is referred to as The Patriarchy, and her mother, The Witch, as a 4 year old Georgia thought God was Jimmy Osmond, and all the stories she was writing featured baby budgies falling from their nests and unable to find their way home.

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