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

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

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

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But it’s more than just a few laughs; Pritchett is very frank and honest about the highs (working on Veep) and the lows (two young sons on the autism spectrum) of her life, all navigated while managing her own intense anxiety. My favourite parts of this fabulous memoir are the emotionally heartbreaking miscarriages, the health scares of her partner, The Moose, and giving birth to her sons, the Speck and the Scrap, and the joys and challenges of raising them. From the earliest recollection, we have feelings of anxiety and fear, as well as a few laughs along the way. I also learned, that while teeth things in books are triggering for me, someone anxious talking about their teeth problems and scary situation only heightened that feeling, so if you have anxiety around some of the main topics of the stories, they might be harder to take. Overall I am glad I read this and feel like it helped to see anxiety so clearly understood by someone else, as it helped me feel less alone in my anxiety.

She also deprecates her loved ones, such as her partner “The Moose” and her two little boys “Scrap and Speck”. This is something I didn’t think would be possible when I compare my life (pottering round in Cheshire) with hers (pottering round the White House with celebrities). While not read by Georgia herself, Katherine Parkinson did a good job as narrator of this audiobook. This felt like reading a very chaotic manifestation of someone's thoughts, snippets of memories and emotions over the course of their life. Soul-baring yet lighthearted, poignant yet written with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, My Mess Is a Bit of a Life is a tour through the carnival funhouse of Georgia’s life, from her anxiety-ridden early childhood where disaster loomed around every corner (When I was little I used to think that sheep were clouds that had fallen to earth.News from Nowhere will not obtain personal information from other organisations, and will not share, pass on or sell personal information that we hold about individuals to anyone else. Her shyness made speaking problematic, became familiar with writing haikus at her offbeat school, and went to Scotland on family holidays so that their West Highland terrier, Flo, could get back to her roots. As Pritchett becomes older and immersed in her career, the reader is treated to some lovely anecdotes about celebrities and working on high-profile comedy programmes. I’m always on the lookout for books that make me laugh and – as it made me giggle to myself in Waterstones – this one hit the spot in seconds.

To Pritchett's credit she bypasses sounding too maudlin and steadily keeps the tone breezy and succinct, with her sharp essays or chapters usually only one or two pages in length. Essentially, the book is written as Pritchett’s explanation to her psychiatrist about all the things she is anxious about. my toast popped out of the toaster and, simultaneously, a flaming mouse was catapulted out of the other side. Going into labor, she fretted about making a fuss (“Sorry to interrupt, but the baby is coming out of my body,” I said politely). Katherine Parkinson of the IT Crowd is the perfect narrator for this book, she truly acts the role she is portraying.

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. While she achieves professional success her personal life still throws her more curveballs - miscarriages, eventually having two sons (nicknamed 'The Speck' and 'The Scrap') who are diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum, and then her life partner experiencing a potentially fatal health development. Możliwe, że późniejsze teksty byłyby bardziej relatable (bo chyba tematycznie idą one z wiekiem autorki), no ale cóż - nie chce mi się tego sprawdzać.

Her writing and production credits include Veep, Have I Got News for You, Smack the Pony, Miranda,The Thick of It and many more. Delightfully offbeat, painfully honest, full of surprising wonders, and delivering plenty of hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments, My Mess Is a Bit of a Life reveals a talented, vulnerable, and strong woman in all her wisecracking weirdness, and makes us love it—and her—too. She has suffered some serious loss and faced several challenges but brings humor to sharing many of her experiences.

Delightfully offbeat, painfully honest, full of surprising wonders, and delivering plenty of hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments, My Mess Is a Bit of a Life reveals a talented, vulnerable, and strong woman in all her wisecracking weirdness, and makes us love it--and her--too. Georgia invented a superhero alter ego and had an imaginary friend, Samantha, who was never keen on spending any time with her. Pritchett perfectly skewers thoughts and people and events with such precision that it is just so relatable.

Though I don't have the successful career she has had, a lot of it resonated as she talked about her childhood, family, school, college, personal relationships and professional career and anxiety weaving its way through all of those.

This memoir, told in gloriously comic vignettes, is an utterly joyful reflection on living – and sometimes thriving sometimes not – with anxiety. This was at times funny and relatable, I can definitely see the comparison to Jenny Lawson, and the description that drew me in felt delivered on.



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