6 break-up books to read right now

6 break-up books to read right now

6 break-up books to read right now

I’ve written before about having good books on your bedside table when you’re heartbroken and always seem to be wide awake and weeping at 3am – and here are six break-up books I thoroughly recommend. There’s nothing wrong with a little self-help, or a memoir from someone who’s been in the broken-hearted trenches and climbed out the other side. (When you’re done with these, you can move on to sweary break-up colouring in books.)


By Dr Debra Campbell
This intriguing book is part self-help, part memoir – and it takes you on a journey of your ‘lovelands’ and the faultlines, crevasses and chasms created by past losses that we navigate in our emotional lives. A great book if you’re keen to stop repeating those damaging patterns (and choosing the wrong people to love).
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By Nora Ephron
Not self-help, granted – but one of my all-time favourite break-up books (and movies, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson – if you haven’t seen it, Netflix it immediately). The book is autobiographical, about the end of Ephron’s marriage to journalist Carl Berstein – seen through the experiences of a cooking show host Rachel Samstat, who discovers her husband is cheating on her while she’s heavily pregnant with their child.
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Buddhism for Break-Ups

By Meshel Laurie
Aussie comedienne Meshel has experienced her fair share of break-up hell, including the end of a 19-year marriage. She shares how she used Buddhism to cope and some strategies you can try, too – to help you embrace change, differentiate between loneliness and being alone, and (my personal favourite), loving without attachment (ie, becoming a stalker).
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Who Am I Without You is one of our favourite breakup books

Who Am I Without You? 52 Ways to Rebuild Self-Esteem After A Break-Up

By Christina G Hibbert
There’s no doubt about it – break-ups give your self-esteem a real battering. So try this book, written by a psychologist and split into small chapters, each offering tips, tools and exercises to tackle your emotions, pick yourself back up and help you move on.
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This Is Not The Story You Think It Is by Laura Munson is one of the best breakup books around

This Is Not The Story You Think It Is

By Laura Munson
He told her he no longer loved her and wanted out of their marriage. She refused to accept it. While this compelling memoir won’t be everyone’s bag, it offers a fresh take on handling rocky patches you think are the end. Because sometimes, says Munson, they aren’t.
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One of the best breakup books is It's Called A Break-Up Because It's Broken

It’s Called A Break-Up Because It’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Break-Up Buddy

By Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt
An oldie but a goodie that’ll give you some real-life strategies for moving beyond the ‘BUT I WANT TO DIE I’LL NEVER LOVE ANYONE ELSE’ stage to something less debilitating. It’ll also make you laugh your head off, which is always ideal when you’re heartbroken.
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Have you got a stack of break-up books by the bed? What’s your favourite breakup book?


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