The Trick Is To Keep Breathing (Paperback)
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The Trick Is To Keep Breathing (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages
Published: 06/08/2015
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A taut and extraordinary unveiling of the mental breakdown of a teacher, The Trick Is to Keep Breathing is a powerful and beautifully written reminder of how close we all are to insanity.

From the corner of a darkened room Joy Stone watches herself. As memories of the deaths of her lover and mother surface unbidden, life for Joy narrows - to negotiating each day, each encounter, each second; to finding the trick to keep living. Told with shattering clarity and wry wit, this is a Scottish classic fit for our time.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784870133
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 174 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 15 mm


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A real achievement; its dialogue sparks and its voice is true. For Janice Galloway the trick is simply to keep writing - Scotsman

This is like a Scottish Catcher in the Rye. You actually feel you’re inside this woman’s head, it is that visceral. And having experienced a downward spiral myself, I so admire her accuracy in every detail - Alan Cumming, New York Times

Claustrophobic but extraordinary - Sunday Times

An account from the inside of a mind cracking up...its writing is as taut as a bowstring. From brilliant title to closing injunction, it hums with intelligence, clarity, wit; and, its heroine's struggle for order and meaning seduces our minds, exposes how close we all of us are to insanity. Joy, as Galloway's heroine reluctantly lets us know that she's called, is simply that dangerous step or two nearer the edge - Listener

Distressing but immaculately written - Observer

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“The Trick is to Keep Breathing”

This is one of the most difficult books i have ever read. I chose to do this for my higher english personal study last year, and it took me forever to read it and get into it. It is the most confusing book i've... More

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“Honestly, the best novel I have ever read!”

This is an account of one woman's unravelling mind as she tries to work her way through grief. Galloway employs playful typography to convey Joy's (ho ho) struggle. The writing is as near to perfect as can... More

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“Great Representation of Mental Health”

This is an account of a woman suffering from a multitude of mental health issues and the daily struggles she faced. Due to the psychological focus in the book, it is not uplifting and, at times, can make you, as a... More

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