The Year of the End: A Memoir of Marriage, Truth and Fiction (Hardback)
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The Year of the End: A Memoir of Marriage, Truth and Fiction (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 08/07/2021
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Combining an intimate account of the aftermath of a marriage breakdown with commentary on significant events of the day, Theroux's diary of the year she separated from her husband Paul makes for moving and immersive reading.

18th January 1990

Paul left today at 8am.

We had been married just over 22 years. The previous evening we had gone out to eat at a local restaurant, where we drank champagne and reminisced. In a short story which he wrote about that final evening of a marriage, the central characters talk wittily and poignantly about the explorer Sir Richard Burton and the sad, misunderstood wife who burnt his books.

The reality was different.

'This memoir is based on the diary I kept during 1990, the year that my first marriage came to an end.'

After 22 years, spent across four continents, with two children - Louis and Marcel - in 1990 Anne and Paul Theroux decided to separate. For that year, Anne - later a professional relationship therapist herself - kept a diary, noting not only her day-to-day experiences as a busy freelance journalist and broadcaster, but the contrasts in her feelings between despairing grief and hope for a new future.

With reflections on truth and fiction, literature and art, and the nature of marriage, alongside commentary on notable political and cultural events, and interviews with prominent writers of the time, including Kingsley Amis and Barbara Cartland, The Year of the End offers a unique insight into the unravelling of a relationship and the attempt to rebuild a life.

Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 9781785787393
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A wise and vivid memoir of a disintegrating marriage and a study of the role of the spouse in the life of a literary giant.' - Fiona Sturges, i Paper 

'Completely addictive. It made me want to go and hang out in her kitchen!' - Sam Baker

'A delicate account of a break-up.' - Eva Wiseman, The Observer 

'Candid ... mellow, and wise.' - Irish Independent 

'Brave, honest, sad, funny, truthful and a striking insight into the reality of the literary life.' - Nicholas Rankin, Writer and Broadcaster

'In the portrait of a fractured marriage, and reflections on being married to an artist, the page comes alive.' - The Herald

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“Different perspective to the Theroux marriage narrative”

Interesting account of the Theroux marriage, told from the perspective of the wife, Anne, lead by a diary she kept during their last year together. Loved reading about their experiences abroad!

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“Engrossing”

Paul Theroux is a writer I much admire, I’ve read and hugely enjoyed a dozen of his books (a mix of novels and travelogues but also a compendium of essays). He’s clearly a clever guy, with a keen eye for what is... More

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