The Elegant Art of Falling Apart by Jessica Jones is a bestselling novel in Australia, and we are excited to now be crowdfunding it for UK publication.
Jessica Jones grew up in Australia and New Guinea. After being ‘asked to leave’ high school she ran away to London to drown herself in music and fashion. Life then became a non-stop rollercoaster of what self-help writers often call ‘opportunities for growth’ until, a decade or so ago, it became imperative to ease up on the insanity (although not entirely, as you shall see). Following her diagnosis with breast cancer, she started the blog Chemo Chic – A Guide to Surviving Breast Cancer With Style. With its focus on natural and organic beauty, it was acclaimed by The Times as one of ‘40 Blogs That Really Count’ and was recently chosen by Channel 4’s 4Beauty as one of the best health blogs.
The Elegant Art of Falling Apart is the brilliant, witty story of how her life completely fell apart and how she survived. But it is not a self-help book, as Jessica herself says: “Whilst the book is full of (I hope) useful tips about how to survive serious illness with style, it doesn’t offer medical advice or quacky recovery programmes aimed at saving your life. This book is about saving your sanity.”
“I’d done the hard yards: booze; drugs; bad boyfriends. But that was all in the past. Now, my life was almost perfect: living and working in London, a city I adore, in love with a man who loved me back. Then in May 2009, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the help of doctors, nurses, friends and family, I stumbled through the horror of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I felt so lucky to have survived it all. On Christmas Eve I flew to Sydney to be with Nick, the man who had stuck by my side through all the pain and the fear, only to be told on arrival that he’d been seeing someone else… that he didn’t love me after all. That emotional rejection felt more devastating, and difficult to recover from, than the cancer.
So what is this book really about? It’s about learning to ask for and to accept help. It’s about living in and enjoying the moment. It’s about freeing yourself from our culture’s obsession with romantic love. It’s about how looking good makes you feel good. Above all it is about staggering through the darkness with laughter and with friends.
And you don’t need to get cancer to find yourself on the wrong side of that line…”
Click here to read an Excerpt.
And you can find out more about how to support the book here, in return for which you will get your name printed in the back of the book, plus an ebook or a beautifully produced first-edition hardback, and a variety of other things from afternoon tea with the author herself, a cometics goody bag, and even a portrait done by Jessica.
You can find Jessica and the book on Twitter and Facebook