Notes to Self (Paperback)
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Notes to Self (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages
Published: 06/06/2019
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A word-of-mouth hit with our booksellers, Emilie Pine’s astonishing debut collection, Notes to Self, brings together six essays reflecting on vital aspects of life as woman today, drawn from her own - intensely personal - experiences. From memories of her father’s alcoholism, to her harrowing and redemptive journey through infertility, Pine pursues writing, thinking and feeling beyond and in spite of being afraid. By turns defiant, poignant, probing and urgent, it is a rare pleasure to find writing so raw, honest and heart-puncturingly good. Unmissable.

Our Irish Book of the Month for June

'I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough. I am afraid. But I am doing it anyway.'

In this dazzling debut, Emilie Pine speaks to the business of living as a woman in the 21st century - its extraordinary pain and its extraordinary joy. Courageous, humane and uncompromising, she writes with radical honesty on birth and death, on the grief of infertility, on caring for her alcoholic father, on taboos around female bodies and female pain, on sexual violence and violence against the self. Devastatingly poignant and profoundly wise - and joyful against the odds - Notes to Self offers a portrait not just of its author but of a whole generation.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241986226
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 160 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An astonishingly fine book - Dublin Review of Books

Light on its feet and goes in deep - Deborah Levy

Wry, shocking, winningly frank . . . What is most striking about the collection is its universality. [These stories] urgently need to be told. Pine does so with an honesty and vigour that are always uplifting - Guardian

This compelling memoir crystallises the human experience and gives words to the feelings you never knew you had - Sunday Times Style

A truly brilliant writer . . . A great book - Evening Standard

A brilliant collection - David Nicholls

An exceptional collection of essays . . . Pine's sharp, unadorned writing style allows the unobscured truths to rise to the surface - Refinery29

What resonates is Pine's articulation of the small, cumulative frustrations of life as a woman - FT

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“Brave and Fierce collection of personal essays!”

Emilie Pines Notes To Self is beautiful raw collection of personal essays that will resonate with any woman reading it. She splits the book into personal moments - from her fathers alcoholism leading to him being... More

Paperback edition
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Martha Greengrass

“Unflinching honesty, breath-taking power”

One of the finest works of non-fiction I've read in some time, Notes to Self is a tour-de-force of self-analysis, memory, shared female experience and finely honed rage. I read it what felt like one long... More

Hardback edition
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““I am afraid. But I am doing it anyway.””

‘Notes to self’ is a collection of essays that are astonishingly truthful. They focus on major events in the author’s life - her father’s alcoholism, her infertility and on the sexual violence she experienced herself... More

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