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A Kind of Magic 

Anna Spargo-Ryan 

A memoir about anxiety, our minds, and optimism in spite of it all

Courageous.
Extraordinary.
Lyrical.

Pub Date

October

Cost

$36.99

Format

Paperback

Extent

256pp

ISBN

9781761150739

Rights

ANZ

Category

Non-fiction

Themes

Anxiety

Identity

True Stories

Where do mental illness stories begin?

 

Anna’s always had too many feelings. Or not enough feelings – she’s never been quite sure. Debilitating panic. Extraordinary melancholy. Paranoia. Ambivalence. Fear. Despair. 

 

From anxious child to terrified parent, mental illness has been a constant. A harsh critic in the big moments –  teenage pregnancy, divorce, a dream career, falling in love – and a companion in the small ones – getting to the supermarket, feeding all her cats, remembering which child is which.

 

But between therapists’ rooms and emergency departments, there’s been a feeling even harder to explain … optimism.

 

In this sharp-eyed and illuminating memoir, award-winning writer Anna Spargo-Ryan pieces together the relationships between time, mental illness, and our brain as the keeper of our stories. Against the backdrop of her own experience, she interrogates reality, how it can be fractured, and why it’s so hard to put it back together. 

 

Powerfully honest, tender and often funny, A Kind of Magic blends meticulous research with vivid snapshots of the stuff that breaks us, and the magic of finding ourselves again.

Awards

  • The Horne Prize, 2016

Praise for Anna Spargo-Ryan

‘… the writing impels you through the narrative, always vital, often funny. Spargo-Ryan is definitely a writer to watch.’
The Monthly

‘Spargo-Ryan has a rare talent for conveying raw emotion’
The Herald Sun

Spargo-Ryan proves again to be a sharp observer of human emotion.
The Guardian

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About the author

Anna Spargo-Ryan is the author of two novels, The Gulf and The Paper House, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer and teacher. She was the inaugural winner of the Horne Prize and is the current Non-fiction Editor at Island Magazine.