Your Voice in My Head

Author(s): Emma Forrest

Biography & Memoir

Emma Forrest, an English journalist, was twenty-two and living in America when she realised that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. Lonely, in a dangerous cycle of self-harm and damaging relationships, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist - a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the vibrant and dangerous tide of herself, and who would help her to recover when she tried to end her life. Emma's loving and supportive family circled around her in panic. She was on the brink of drowning. But she was also still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Processing the premature death of a man who'd become her anchor after she'd turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her significant and all-consuming relationship also fell apart, she was forced to cling to the page for survival. A modern-day fairy tale of New York, Your Voice in My Head is a dazzling and devastating memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In a voice unlike any other, Emma Forrest explores breakdown and mania, but also the beauty of love - and the heartbreak of loss.


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Edgy, desperately moving and exqusitely written, this memoir will astound the millions of people who suffer from depression At turns funny and terribly sad, this is a book that, like Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, will speak to women everywhere. It was also appeal to fans of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers Emma Forrest is a prodigiously talented writer and this is her most impressive and profound work to date.

Praise for Namedropper: 'Shrewd, cool, sure and insightful' Independent Praise for Thin Skin: 'Worthy of Bret Easton Ellis or Jay McInerney. If you ever thought about becoming a star, let Thin Skin be a warning to you' Jon Ronson

Emma Forrest is the author of the novels Namedropper, Thin Skin and Cherries in the Snow, and editor of the non-fiction anthology Damage Control. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a screenwriter.

General Fields

  • : 9781408815137
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : January 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2011
  • : March 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Emma Forrest
  • : Paperback
  • : Export ed
  • : 616.890092
  • : 224