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#FoylesFave: Furiously Happy

16th January 2017 - Charlotte Pope

#FoylesFave: Furiously Happy

 

Charlotte, from our Bristol shop, tells us why she recommends Furiously Happy

 

Furiously HappyJenny Lawson has a long list of mental health issues. She became so fed up of the crushing misery and anxiety, she decided that when she wasn't plagued with debilitating symptoms, she would be as joyful and merry as she could possibly be to build wonderful memories to sustain her when the dark cloud came down again. Being furiously happy is not a cure for mental illness, it's a way of accepting it and still managing to live your life to the full; the concept is immortalised by Jenny's own stuffed raccoon (Rory) gracing the book's cover, frozen forever in an expression of wide-eyed manic glee.

 

Jenny has days when she is too terrified to leave the house. It is not unusual for her to hide in bathrooms or under tables when her anxiety takes over. She takes copious amounts of medication to treat her illness, and regularly sees a therapist. But for a book about mental health problems, this book is incredibly funny and contains a lot of wisdom and a lot of joy. From the perils of overly complicated Japanese toilets, to how telling people you're on anti-psychotics can really help get you to the front of the queue.

 

In her quest to be furiously happy, Jenny has visited tourist spots in Australia wearing a koala costume, frolicked barefoot in the snow in the early hours of the morning, and collected a bizarre array of ethically-sourced taxidermied animals (including the head of a grizzly bear and an almost purchase of one third of a giraffe). This book is laugh-out-loud hilarious and incredibly heartwarming. Furiously Happy has a lot to say for itself.

 

 

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