Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Lorna Martin

Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Lorna Martins life is in chaos. She is embroiled in a dysfunctional relationship and is close to quitting her job as a high-flying journalist. Having missed three flights in ten days, she finds herself seeking solace in the airport bar at 7am. On top of all that, shes the only woman she knows in her mid-thirties without a partner, a mortgage or even a cat. Egged on by her friends, she signs up for some intensive therapy. What follows is a glorious journey of self-discovery. For Lorna, therapy involves owning up to feeling jealous of her baby nephew and admitting that shes secretly expecting The One to come and save her. And she still cant stop herself from sabotaging her prospects with a certain Doctor McDreamy. But with support (and not a little exasperation) from her friends and long-suffering sister, some serious setting-the-world-to-rights sessions involving too many bottles of wine, and the help of her inscrutable shrink, Lorna feels she might be getting her life together... 4.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, Family & Lifestyle
Format Paperback
Pages
RRP £6.99
Date of Publication September 2008
ISBN 978-1848540118
Publisher John Murray
 

Lorna Martins life is in chaos. She is embroiled in a dysfunctional relationship and is close to quitting her job as a high-flying journalist. Having missed three flights in ten days, she finds herself seeking solace in the airport bar at 7am. On top of all that, shes the only woman she knows in her mid-thirties without a partner, a mortgage or even a cat. Egged on by her friends, she signs up for some intensive therapy. What follows is a glorious journey of self-discovery. For Lorna, therapy involves owning up to feeling jealous of her baby nephew and admitting that shes secretly expecting The One to come and save her. And she still cant stop herself from sabotaging her prospects with a certain Doctor McDreamy. But with support (and not a little exasperation) from her friends and long-suffering sister, some serious setting-the-world-to-rights sessions involving too many bottles of wine, and the help of her inscrutable shrink, Lorna feels she might be getting her life together...

First published in April 2008.

Reviews

The Guardian

Katie Toms

Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown spills every bean in the can, from work friendships to affairs of the heart, down to the author's most private thoughts; the result is a hugely enjoyable page-turner.

21/09/2008

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The Observer

Olivia Laing

It's an exhilarating end to a notably courageous journey. By joining the scrum for the confessional, Martin has achieved something quite different from the customary solipsistic striptease. She has succeeded in challenging the reputation of psychotherapy as an interminable and onanistic exercise, catching instead some of the breathless, liberating excitement that accompanies any descent into the deeper reaches of the self.

20/04/2008

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The Daily Telegraph

Chloe Rhodes

The most satisfying moments are those where she conveys the way her own true motives creep up on her. Her obsession with meeting "The One" and her dissatisfaction with life as it really is provide a thought-provoking commentary on modern expectations.

12/04/2008

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Dorothy Johnston

[Lorna Martin's confessions] make pleasant, light reading but lack the depth that can reasonably be expected from a 300-page book. By the end of her year of therapy, Martin claims to be a calmer, more thoughtful person, happy at last to live in the present. These would be more interesting claims if her language changed to reflect emotional and psychological changes but Martin continues to speak to the reader in a voice that is airy and insubstantial.

12/08/2008

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