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Notes on Heartbreak: From Vogue’s Dating Columnist, the must-read book on love and letting go

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Notes on Heartbreak by Annie Lord, published by Trapeze, is available in Hardback, eBook and audio now. Sometimes that kind of shift in tone could dangerously fall into coming across like two different essays that have been copy and pasted together, but Annie completely avoids this, with every reference feeling useful and adding to the writing. It's a book about the best and worst of love: the euphoric and the painful, the beautiful and the messy. Josh sends a photo from where he sits in the pub, gums shining pink through his smile, beer froth bubbles popping on his top lip. It’s a sparkling and deliciously indulgent read which gets right into your chest and stays with you afterwards.

Annie Lord released her debut book in 2022 and, if you've ever been through a breakup, it's sure to get you in your feels.

It’s a hard pill to swallow and it’s a good, long cry, the kind that leaves snot, not so much dripping but pouring from your nose.

Heartbreak makes us selfish, inward-looking creatures who believe that our pain is so large, surely no one else had ever felt this way before, and surely there is no way out. For example, I really liked a bit in CS Lewis’ book about grief [ A Grief Observed ] where he says that grief is like suspense because you’re constantly looking around to see or hear them. Charting her attempts to move on, Annie explores the ups and downs of being newly single, from disastrous rebound sex to sending ill-advised nudes, stalking your ex's new girlfriend on Instagram and the sharp indignity of being ghosted.It was about 3,000 words and it was just a stream of consciousness of memories, a crazy mind map of what had happened so that I could make sense of it. But by the time it comes to the end of the book, I instead have a real conversation with him as he actually is rather than a version that’s all romantic and sepia-toned. The idea for the book and the Vogue column both came from a viral essay you wrote about your breakup in the immediate aftermath.

As Annie Lord deals with her broken heart, the book constantly revisits the past, from the moment she first fell in love, to the months that saw the slow erosion of a bond five years in the making.And it’s through this inner dialogue that you become conscious of yourself as someone you can talk to and have a relationship with. I find myself merging my own experience into Lord’s particular take on something; it’s as if you try her perspectives on for size, regardless of whether you think they’ll actually fit you.

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