We all ask ourselves 'how did I get here?' So try running away or sexting without ruining your life, and create your own midlife crisis with Marie Phillips' hilarious book.
HAVE YOU EVER ... wanted to run away to Brazil? In Create Your Own Midlife Crisis you can, but beware the little old lady on the plane who needs a bit of help carrying a heavy bag through customs. Or maybe it seemed like the right time to tell your husband that your sex life needs an overhaul, but you're only a few steps away from trying polyamory in a suburban swingers' club with a fast-emerging latex allergy.
We're grown ups. We've all had desperate moments. A couple of decades into adulthood, it's hard to know how you went from being a mostly-drunk-in-a-good-way twenty-something to considering divorce because your husband has come back from a meditation retreat only eating raw food. The decision chain is there, if only you could remember what it was. But until now, you couldn't go back to the start and try for a better result.
So here's your chance to try out the paths not taken: with bad behaviour from the office to the home, you can create the midlife crisis you never had or hope you can still avoid. Yelpingly funny, horribly relatable, here are the predicaments of modern midlife, transporting you to places that you'll - hopefully - be able to skip over in the real world.
Marie Phillips was born in London. After working in television documentaries and as an independent bookseller, she published her first novel, Gods Behaving Badly, in 2007. It became an international bestseller, was translated into over twenty languages, and was made into a film starring Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken. Her second novel, The Table of Less Valued Knights, was longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Prize for Fiction. Her third, Oh, I Do Like To Be..., was published in January 2019. With Robert Hudson, she wrote the BBC Radio 4 series Warhorses of Letters, which starred Stephen Fry and Daniel Rigby, and Some Hay in a Manger, starring Tamsin Greig and Joel Fry. As part of a shadowy cabal of like-minded women, she published the erotic spoof Fifty Shelves of Grey, under the name Vanessa Parody. She is currently studying storytelling at the Mezrab Storytelling School in Amsterdam.
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