05 April, 2016

It ended badly: thirteen of the worst breakups in history by Jennifer Wright

What a hoot! Jennifer Wright gives a new spin on infamous breakups throughout history, from Ancient Rome to the golden days of Hollywood. There are thirteen of these gems, which make for perfect bedtime or waiting-for-the-bus reading.

Please note that this is not a history book- the emphasis is on making us feel better about our own break-up behaviour by showing us how much worse we could have acted, like Caroline Lamb or Norman Mailer!

It is also a wonderful showcase of Jennifer’s wit and wisdom: she really is a well-balanced human being. However, Jennifer is no Pollyanna. She is human and brave enough to love again, despite having behaved badly in her own historic breakups.  And she sounds like such a fun person to have around- the sort of person I could call and have a good laugh with after behaving badly myself.

Jennifer Wright is not so much a good writer as a magical storyteller: it is easy to forget that this is a book and that you don’t just have a really chatty, fun, clever person to share your bus stop bench with. Just remember not to chat back out loud!

It ended badly: thirteen of the worst breakups in history by Jennifer Wright.

Reviewed by Monica F, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson

Monica F is happiest in gumboots and apron, attending to her animals, harvesting her crops and making stuff. Like all truly wholesome people, she has a dark side, and enjoys nothing better than well written true crime and forensic medicine.

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