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  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241981276
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $28.00

The Anna Karenina Fix

Life Lessons from Russian Literature




A literary self-help memoir about using the Russian Classics to find the answer to life's most important questions

What should I do with my life? What if my love is not returned? Why do bad things happen?

The answers to some of life's biggest questions are found not in trite self-help manuals but in the tough-love lessons explored in Russian literature. Here, Viv Groskop delves into the novels of history's deepest thinkers to discover enduring truths about how we should live.

Whether you're new to the Russian classics or returning to old favourites, The Anna Karenina Fix will help salve your heartache by exploring the torments of a host of famous and infamous literary heroes and heroines. Think of it like this: they have suffered so that you don't have to . . .

  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241981276
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $28.00

About the author

Viv Groskop

Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian and TV and radio presenter. She has hosted book tours for Graham Norton and Jo Brand and is a veteran of four Edinburgh Fringe shows. She is the author of How to Own the Room and host of the chart-topping podcast of the same name. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Saturday Review. As an executive coach, she works with women across business, media and advertising, helping them to hone their authority, presence and leadership.

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Praise for The Anna Karenina Fix

Wonderfully entertaining, hilarious. Contains the distilled wisdom of some of the greatest writers who ever lived. Explored with dancing wit, affection and brilliance, this is a passionate, hilarious, joyful love letter to Russian literature.

Allison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph

Enchanting. Groskop falls in love with the literature, her impressive knowledge of which she conveys with a charmingly breezy tone

Observer

A beguiling tasting menu of some of the finest reading experiences of my life. Witty, likeable, and lighthearted, Viv Groskop invites us to embrace the work of these august Russian dead souls as belonging to us all

Lionel Shriver

Groskop has a knack of giving you just enough biography of the author, just enough tantalising kiss-and-tell detail from the works . . . A delightful primer and companion to all the authors you are ashamed to admit you haven't read

The Times

What does Tolstoy have in common with Oprah Winfrey? What can Chekhov teach us about body image? In The Anna Karenina Fix, comedian Viv Groskop shows us how to use Russian literature as self-help, with hilarious and eye-opening results

Good Housekeeping

A wry literary memoir examining what we can learn from the great Russian novelists

Stylist

Funny and only second best to reading the stuff itself

Sara Wheeler, The Spectator

A highly knowledgeable jaunt through 150 years of literature

Observer

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