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A Manual for Heartache

by Cathy Rentzenbrink


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The wise and inspiring book from the bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

"Poignant ... a generous and important addition to an expanding shelf of therapeutic memoirs that help us blunder through modern life" Sunday Times

When Cathy Rentzenbrink was still a teenager, her happy family was torn apart by an unthinkable tragedy. In A Manual for Heartache she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope.

This is a moving, warm and uplifting book that offers solidarity and comfort to anyone going through a painful time, whatever it might be. It's a book that will help to soothe an aching heart and assure its readers that they're not alone.


"A Manual for Heartache explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and provides reassurance that suffering may change us forever but we can emerge filled with hope." Express

"I read A Manual for Heartache in a single sitting. Cathy's not a therapist or a doctor and this book is all the better for it. ... I loved it. I've learned from it. Every house needs one: like a torch and a spare fuse it can help you find your way home." Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon

"Generous, honest and uplifting. People need this book." Nina Stibbe

"I devoured A Manual for Heartache in one sitting ... a kind, honest and wise book about how to make a friend of sadness." Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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Pan Macmillan UK
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