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Get It Together: Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis Paperback – 10 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1st Edition edition (10 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340829028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340829028
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Damian Barr is a journalist, writer and salonnière. You can, if you really want to, follow him on twitter @damian_barr

'Maggie & Me' is his story of surviving small-town Scotland in the Thatcher years. It won Sunday Times Memoir of the Year: "Full to the brim with poignancy, humour, brutality and energetic and sometimes shimmering prose, the book confounds one's assumptions about those years and drenches the whole era in an emotionally charged comic grandeur. It is hugely affecting."

BBC Radio 4 made it a Book of the Week. Following Jeanette Winterson in 2012, Stonewall named Damian Barr Writer of the Year 2013.

He hosts his own Literary Salon where guests include Bret Easton Ellis, John Waters, Polly Samson, James Frey, David Nicholls, Colm Toibin, Jojo Moyes, Taiye Selasi, Alex Preston, David Mitchell, DBC Pierre and Naomi Alderman. He hosts events with the British Council, Hay, the BBC National Short Story Award and the Man Booker Prize. He has taught a Masterclass in Memoir for the Guardian-UEA.

Shortlisted for a British Press Award, he has been a journalist for over a decade writing mostly for The Times but also the Independent, Independent on Sunday, Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Evening Standard and Granta. He is currently Literary Editor of House magazine and a columnist for the Sunday Times and the Big Issue. His first book, based on his Times column, was published by Hodder in 2005. 'Get It Together: A Guide to Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis' was a bestseller.

Damian has also co-written two plays for Radio 4 and appeared on PM, Midweek, Broadcasting House and Today as well as The Verb and as a presenter on Front Row. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He lives in Brighton with his partner and their intensely demanding chickens.

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Review

'Raises some extremely valid questions that probe the issues underlying the malaise affecting this generation of Thatcher's children.' -- Herald

This is a great guide to the realities of buying,renting. . .It's also a bible of sagely advice. -- the Big Issue

About the Author

Damian Barr is twenty-seven. He has written for the Evening Standard, the Independent and the Guardian. He had been made redundant and evicted three times, struggled to find the right look and accrued dotcom style debts. He is currently the youngest columnist on The Times.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2004
Format: Paperback
Generally i really liked this book, Damien Barr is very witty and uses some interesting people to tell their stories. He also provides the reader with some useful websites and telephone numbers at the end of each section for reference, it makes good sense that someone who has recently survived his own quarterlife crisis is writing this book. My only gripe is that the book refers a lot to people who have been to university, got a pretty well paid job and been travelling etc.. What about those of us who haven't done or achieved these things Damien! There is a small handful of references to the less fortunate but not really enough in my opinion. I still enjoyed this book despite my little winge and it made me chuckle a lot and he has hit the nail on the head about us all thinking everyone else is always doing better than us in their lives. P.s. i didn't realise a quarterlife crisis even existed until i saw this book! It's good to see someone speaking up about how tough us twentysomethings have it these days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Papazoglou on 21 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
At 27 and being on the verge of a nervous breakdown, I knew there was something wrong with me, but I never thought it had a name (or that there is a distinct possibility I suffer from mild depression). Damian's book was not exaclty pleasant or entertaining for me, but necessary. In a time when I was in a complete disorder, I realised how not alone I am in this and that I might actually be much better off than most people. I got it together and for that I am grateful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2005
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I am 25. And I thought I was the only person having a hard time making sense of my twenties. Then I saw this book (on Richard & Judy). Thought it sounded a bit cheesy but I gave it a go. Really glad I did. Basically, this book tells it like it is about work, money, property (like anybody can afford to buy!) and relationships. It doesn't have all the answers but it has more than any other book I've found. Recommended reading for any twentysomething having a tough time.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2005
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While there is some useful advice here, Barr gives far too much space to graduates who really aren't doing badly at all (even if they think they should be doing better). I'm sure that anybody having a serious crisis about their job, house, or relationships isn't going to come away from this book feeling much better; it is rather a parade of the kind of successful people who made you feel inadequate in the first place. Also, the book doesn't really explore the more profound malaise of directionless futility that so many people feel in their twenties. If you want a more incisive study of what is really making so many people unhappy in Western society, whether you're in your twenties or your sixties, I strongly recommend Oliver James's *Britain on the Couch*. He gets it spot on.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2004
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At last - a self help book that makes sense! I didn't even think I was having a crisis till I realised almost every chapter in this book applied to me! Damian Barr has provided a practical, reasurring and entertaining guide that I think every 20 something should read - in fact, I'm off to buy all my friends a copy now!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GS on 4 Mar. 2009
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Nothing new here, I would recommend actually looking at the areas of ones life that need improvement and getting a tailor made book focusing on that area rather than this catch all mash up of pop-pscycology and student interviews wrapped together with a rubber band...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 12 July 2004
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Well done Damian! An entertaining, easy to read, book that deals with all the issues of our 'supposed to have it all' generation!And not only talks you through them, but gives you pointers as to what to do to get yourself OUT of your crisis, or at least how to run away from it.......!
As Damian is actually FROM a northern council estate, I'd ignore moaning Lisa from Lancashire's comments - this book is for everyone who's sitting somewhere today wishing they were somewhere else, and £30k a year doesn't stop you doing that!
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