• Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss
  • Sorrow and Bliss

Sorrow and Bliss

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 28/04/2022
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Sorrow and Bliss
My favourite book ever (really)
Meg mason writes with the wit, emotion and characters of Phoebe Waller Bridge in a style so similar to Fleabag. I really appreciated the decision to keep t... READ MORE
Roz
Sorrow and Bliss
Deeply moving and relatable
A deep-dive into one woman’s declining mental health that will simultaneously break your heart and put it back together again. A real triumph.
Lucy
Sorrow and Bliss
Brilliant!
This novel is as savage as funny, it is pacey and unputdownable! Finishing it left me with a feeling of emptiness, it was too good to end! I was going to l... READ MORE
Manon Divet
Sorrow and Bliss
A Rollercoaster Ride
Easily one of the most remarkable books I have read and one I recommend to customers. Although it is about a very delicate subject, it tackles it sensitiv... READ MORE
Hayley Ralls - St Neots
Sorrow and Bliss
An utterly brilliant read!
Sorrow and Bliss is one of my favourite reads of all time! It allows the reader to empathise with someone struggling with a mental health condition and re... READ MORE
Bridget @Sutton
Sorrow and Bliss
Tender, endearing and wonderfully witty
The exploration of relationships in Sorrow and Bliss - sisterly, parental, marriage; a wistful longing for youth - is so authentic that it is hard not be a... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller
Sorrow and Bliss
The Best Book I read in 2022
Told with poignancy and brutal honesty surrounding mental health, Meg Mason has crafted an outstanding book of her generation that tackles the ongoing stig... READ MORE
Violet Daniels
Sorrow and Bliss
Delicate and complex
This was beautifully written - I think the blurb on the back does it a disservice as it's a lot more heartbreaking and devastating that I thought it would ... READ MORE
Hattie - Hitchin

Synopsis

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for May 2022 Winner of The British Book Awards 2022 Fiction Book of the Year Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 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.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474622998
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 264g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 128 x 34 mm

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Sorrow and Bliss
astonishing
I wish I could tell you how many times I almost picked this book up and didn't. After months of flirting, I bought it in Edinburgh and attacked it right aw... READ MORE
Filipa Mendonca
Sorrow and Bliss
Brilliant!
Shortlisted for the "Women's Prize for Fiction 2022. Brilliant! Nothing but the highest praise for Sorrow and Bliss (AKA ‘dsgsdfsf.doc’ - an ‘accidental’ ... READ MORE
Richard Lewis
Sorrow and Bliss
Amazing
This is best book I've read in a long time . I was completely gripped , the way she addressed mental health and trying to explain or deal with it while s... READ MORE
Lesley Hendrie
Sorrow and Bliss
Beautiful
What a fabulous, gorgeous, emotional book.
Els Janssens
Sorrow and Bliss
Novel set in London and Oxford
This novel kept coming up in my social media timelines, so it was perhaps time to pick it up! At the heart of the story is Martha, who, in her teens is al... READ MORE
TripFiction
Sorrow and Bliss
You feel the sorrow and bliss
This book is brilliant. The author is so talented she just makes you feel the sorrow and bliss of the main character. I did find it emotionally exhausting,... READ MORE
Maha Serhal
Sorrow and Bliss
Not much of either really
This book was obviously from one of the featured piles in my local Waterstones store and the bookseller who served me told me that ‘everyone is talking abo... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall
Sorrow and Bliss
An absolute feat of a character study.
While ‘Sorrow and Bliss’ fits into the tradition of ‘sad girl novels’, it contains a certain quality which makes it a little different from the rest. Perha... READ MORE
leah / @lbhreads
Sorrow and Bliss
Interesting and wise
Gorgeous little slice of relationships and family and mental health. And a lot more fun than that sounds
Erin Barker
Sorrow and Bliss
A great book despite the title
I loved this book and bought it out of curiosity, as it had been sitting at the top of the bestseller lists for some time. Though I didn't like the cover o... READ MORE
Catherine Karko
Sorrow and Bliss
Lovely style
Really readable writing style. Good story. Shame it isn’t more rooted in a genuine diagnosis - I felt that was a cop out and let the book down drastically.
Can't put a good book down
Sorrow and Bliss
Boring
Mildly amusing person has unspecified mental illness, is hell to live with and has a difficult life. Perhaps one has to have experienced similar to enjoy t... READ MORE
Jonathan Davies