A literary self-help memoir about using the Russian Classics to find the answer to life's most important questions.
Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian (Say Sorry to the Lady, Be More Margo and Anchorwoman), a crack interviewer (most recently seen on Graham Norton's UK-wide book tour), and an agony aunt for The Pool. She is the author of I Laughed, I Cried (Orion 2013), and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and Mail on Sunday, as well as Front Row, Woman's Hour and Newsnight.
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 *