From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Animals and Adults
'Brave and important ... beautiful, hilarious, clever ... I loved this book' Clover Stroud
'Funny, gruelling, wonderful' Claudia Hammond
'Brilliant' Nikesh Shukla
'Breath-takingly brave and honest ... by turns hilarious, heart-breaking and wise' Leah Hazard
"How did it come to this? I am tough, I am smart, I have lived alone. Now I am cracking, right down the middle..."
Six months after the birth of her son, Emma Jane Unsworth finds herself in the eye of a storm. Nothing - from pregnancy to birth and beyond - has gone as she expected. A birth plan? It might as well have been a rough draft! Furious and exhausted, her life is the complete opposite of what it used to be. She's swapped all night benders for grazed labia and Whac-a-Moling haemorrhoids. How did she end up here?
In this brave and hilarious account of postnatal depression, Emma tells her story of despair and recovery. She tackles the biggest taboos around motherhood and mental health, from botched stitches and bleeding nipples to anger and shame. How does pregnancy adapt our brains? Is postnatal depression a natural reaction to the trauma of modern motherhood? And are people's attitudes finally changing?
Dazzling and vital, After the Storm is a celebration of survival, holding out a hand to women everywhere.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 20 mm
This is a brave and important work. Unsworth is unflinchingly honest about her experiences, and her beautiful, hilarious, clever writing elevates her story into something universal ... I loved this book -- CLOVER STROUD
Funny, gruelling, wonderful. I felt as though I were with her every step of the way. I loved it -- CLAUDIA HAMMOND
A brilliant, deeply personal and honest book from a writer who is an expert at being humane, funny and vulnerable -- NIKESH SHUKLA
A breath-takingly brave and honest memoir of motherhood's darkest moments, by turns hilarious, heart-breaking and wise. After The Storm should be required reading for birthing people and their partners, and for those who support and care for them -- LEAH HAZARD