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The instant Sunday Times top five bestseller: the book you have to read this summer
'Just read it. It's unforgettable'
India Knight, The Sunday Times
'It is impossible to read this novel and not be moved. It is also impossible not to laugh out loud... Extraordinary'
Clare Clark, Guardian
'Summer's must-read novel'
'A raucously funny, beautifully written, emotion-bashing book'
'The book you have to read this summer'
'I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realised that I wanted to send it to everyone I know'
Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House
'A masterclass on family, damage and the bonds of love'
Jessie Burton, author of The Confession
'Patrick Melrose meets Fleabag. Brilliant'
Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures
Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift, her mother once said, not everybody gets.
So why is everything broken? Why is Martha - on the edge of 40 - friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave?
Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe - as she has long believed - there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain.
Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix - or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.
THE BOOK OF THE SUMMER
One of the Guardian's '50 hottest new books everyone should read this summer'
One of the Irish Independent's '50 hottest summer reads'
'Witty and affecting' David Nicholls, Guardian's summer reading
'If there were any prospect of stuffing a suitcase with books this summer for hours reading beside a pool somewhere, I'd advise you to make room for this' Sara Collins, Guardian's summer reading
MEG MASON began her journalism career at the Financial Times and The Times. Her work has since appeared in Vogue, Grazia, The Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sunday Telegraph. She has written humour for the New Yorker, been a monthly columnist for GQ, a regular contributor to Vogue and Marie Claire and a contributing editor at Elle. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two daughters.
This richly spiced novel is a pleasure from the first page to the last... Its beautifully understated, airy style conceals the fiercest intelligence. I loved it so much that I stalked the author on social media - a first. Just read it. It's unforgettable.
SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE - India Knight
It is impossible to read this novel and not be moved. It is also impossible not to laugh out loud... Mason pulls off something extraordinary in this huge-hearted novel, alchemising an unbearable anguish into something tender and hilarious and redemptive and wise, without ever undermining its gravity or diminishing its pain.
GUARDIAN - Clare Clark
Inspired storytelling... a devastating and sharply funny love story... it is Martha's voice itself - her woeful deadpan narration always teetering between the comic, the tragic and the downright unlikable - that makes this novel sing.
OBSERVER - Julie Myerson
Summer's must-read novel... We can't recommend Sorrow And Bliss highly enough.
STYLIST - Francesca Brown
A Fleabag-esque novel being raved about by Gillian Anderson and Ann Patchett... Expect this one to light up the WhatsApp chats.
SUNDAY TIMES STYLE - Louisa McGillicuddy
You know that book that only comes along every so often, that seems to unite everyone who has read it in a sort of delirious fervour? Sorrow and Bliss is that book... It's utterly compelling and darkly funny: the book you have to read this summer.
EVENING STANDARD - Jessie Thompson
Meg Mason has achieved something remarkable - Sorrow and Bliss is a raucously funny, beautifully written, emotionbashing book about love, family and life's curveballs that leaves you, satisfyingly, with what feels like wisdom forged in fire.
THE TIMES - Siobhan Murphy
This is a story of mental illness reflected through the prism of an uproarious, big-hearted family comedy. It is fiercely intelligent and absolutely sublime.
IRISH INDEPENDENT - Anne Cunningham
Rarely have the excoriating effects of mental illness been articulated quite so beautifully - as heartbreaking as it's funny, Sorrow And Bliss is one for the keeper shelves.
RED MAGAZINE - Sarra Manning
Deeply moving but also darkly funny, Mason has created the sort of story that you savour the last pages of and long for once it's over.
ESQUIRE - Olivia Ovenden
Completely brilliant, I loved it.
I think every girl and woman should read it.
Sorrow and Bliss is a brilliantly faceted and extremely funny book about depression that engulfed me in the way I'm always hoping to be to be engulfed by novels. While I was reading it, I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realized that I wanted to send it to everyone I know.
Sharp yet humane, and jaw-droppingly funny, this is the kind of novel you will want to press into the hands of everyone you know. Mason has an extraordinary talent for dialogue and character, and her understanding of how much poignancy a reader can take is profound. A masterclass on family, damage and the bonds of love: as soon as I finished it, I started again.
Sorrow and Bliss is a thing of beauty.
Astute observations on marriage, motherhood, family, and mental illness are threaded through a story that is by turns devastating and restorative. Every sentence rings true. I will be telling everyone I love to read this book.
Sara Collins, author of THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON
A sharply observed, darkly hilarious and merciless portrait of a thoroughly messed-up family. Patrick Melrose meets Fleabag. Brilliant.
Clare Chambers, author of SMALL PLEASURES