Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Last Act of Love, How to Feel Better (A Manual for Heartache), Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books, Write It All Down and Everyone Is Still Alive. It took her twenty years to wrestle her own life story on the page and she loves to use what she has learnt about the profound nature of writing the self in the service of others. Cathy has taught for Arvon, Curtis Brown Creative, at Falmouth University and at festivals and in prisons, and welcomes anyone, no matter what their experience, education, background or story. She believes that everyone¿s life would be improved by picking up a pen and is at her happiest when encouraging her students to have the courage to delve into themselves and see the magic that will start to happen on the page.
'I devoured A Manual for Heartache in one sitting . . . a kind, honest and wise book about how to make a friend of sadness'Rachel JoyceHeartache is human - over the course of our lives, we all encounter sadness and loss. But what do we say when the worst has happened to someone we love, and how do we cope when it happens to us?This book is a survival guide for hard times. It will shine a chink of light into a dark day and remind you that you're not alone.'Big-hearted, moving, deeply sympathetic and gently honest, a goldmine of wisdom and insight'Daily Express'A lovely, simple book about how to cope with life's bumps and shocks and sadnesses . . . thoroughly human'Matt Haig, Observer'When my life turned upside down, this is the book I wish I could have read'Decca Aitkenhead
The wise and inspiring book from the bestselling author of The Last Act of Love
Introduction - i: Introduction Chapter - 1: What's Your Story? Chapter - 2: Grenades and Guillotines Chapter - 3: An Etiquette Guide for Bad News Chapter - 4: What to Do When the Worst Happens Chapter - 5: I Am One in Four Chapter - 6: How to Feel Better Chapter - 7: Instructions to My Future Self Chapter - 8: Emotional Time Travel Chapter - 9: On Being a Hopeful Agnostic Chapter - 10: The Last Piece of the Puzzle Chapter - 11: Fear of Dying Chapter - 12: A Deathbed Perspective Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements Section - iii: Reading to Feel Better Section - iv: Daily Writing