After the Storm: Postnatal Depression and the Utter Weirdness of New Motherhood (Hardback)
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After the Storm: Postnatal Depression and the Utter Weirdness of New Motherhood (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages
Published: 06/05/2021
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Unflinching and candid, the acclaimed novelist recounts her experience of post-natal depression and recovery with dark wit and great courage in this relatable, urgent critique of modern motherhood.

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
ISBN: 9781788166546
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 202 x 134 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


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A beautifully-written, raw - and totally relatable - account of new motherhood that had me laughing and crying in equal measures. Emma Jane Unsworth is the real deal - CHRISTIE WATSON

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

Puts into language an experience almost impossible to describe; I am so grateful for this beautiful, honest book. It has helped me immeasurably - PANDORA SYKES

An excellent book. Truth and power and lots of LOLs too. I loved it. Emma Jane Unsworth is a wonder - AMY LIPTROT

This book is truly brilliant. Packed with intense bursts of knowledge, understanding and humour. Unsworth's style is so direct and approachable, this book is the best company for anyone going through the loneliness and isolation of new motherhood. This book will make new mums feel accompanied, which is the most sacred thing - JENN ASHWORTH

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, author and midwife

A brilliant, deeply personal and honest book from a writer who is an expert at being humane, funny and vulnerable - NIKESH SHUKLA

Funny, gruelling, wonderful. I felt as though I were with her every step of the way. I loved it - CLAUDIA HAMMOND

This great, brave and brilliant book will really resonate with anyone who has/had PND (or those around them who - hopefully - will want to try and understand) - NADIA SHIREEN

A compulsive read, one that any mother will recognise parts of herself within, even if she has not, like Unsworth, experienced brutal PND - Irish Independent

Postnatal depression is not supposed to make you laugh but brutal honesty and dazzling humour are part of Emma Jane Unsworth's award-winning literary arsenal ... Her first foray into non-fiction is a brave and compelling part memoir, part manifesto ... Within 140-pages Emma has wrung herself out, taken us to the darkest corners of her mind and made us laugh at the sheer madness of new motherhood - Marie Claire

Dazzling ... skewers the injustices and quirks of maternity, from how women are treated as public property from the minute they conceive to the absurdity of "rock 'n' roll Baby Sensory" classes. But its emotional directness is what bowls you over the most - Gwendolyn Smith, The i

Refreshing, brave and often funny ... This is a true celebration of survival - Woman's Own

Funny and perceptive ... Oh, what a book ... Articulately capturing the sense of despair, exhaustion and disappointment brought on by motherhood even when you love the child you've created, [this book] delves deeper into what happens to women's bodies and brains - as well as the physical scars and huge emotions - with humour and scientific insight - Francesca Brown, Stylist

A call to arms to centre the mental health of new mothers and push back against the taboos that force so many to feel they must suffer in silence - Refinery29

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“A useful, honest and necessary first-person account”

I'm a fan of Unsworth's novels and her first non-fiction didn't disappoint. There are not many books about PND around, and I'm assuming none with Unsworth's sense of humour, wit and sheer... More

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