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Get Your Sh!t Together: Your Prescription for a Simpler Life (Grit Doctor) [Paperback]

Ruth Field
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16 May 2013 Grit Doctor


. . . and she's brought The Grit Doctor along for the ride

'Amusingly vicious . . . excellent advice all round' Emma Thompson on Run Fat B!tch Run


*To Do lists scrawled on the back of receipts?

*An unpaid bill?

*Half a chocolate bar, covered in fluff?

Is your handbag a metaphor for the rest of your life?

Has becoming a capable, poised grown-up turned out to be more complicated than you imagined? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, and if you're tired of the crappy stuff in life grinding you down, then it's time to stop whining and GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER. With this funny, frank and tough-talking guide, Ruth Field and The Grit Doctor will help you:

*Tackle daunting problems like a fearless superwoman

*Figure out what you want from life and find the courage to GO FOR IT

*Learn how to get more sh!t done in less time

*Stop feeling bad about your less-than-perfect life. (Because perfection's overrated anyway.)


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (16 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0751550493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751550498
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ruth Field is the author of RUN FAT B!TCH RUN and THE RUN FAT B!TCH RUN MARATHON PLAN. Her latest book, GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER will be coming out in May 2013. She is a former criminal barrister and lives in North London with her husband and twin sons.

Ruth blogs regularly at and you can also find her on Twitter (@gritdoctor) and Facebook (

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There's no doubt [Ruth Field's] straight-talking will make you stop whining and actually start doing. So, if you need a kick up the backside, make space for this fabulous read on your bedside table! (Closer)

An entertaining, effective read . . . The book is genuinely funny, but it really does motivate too. (Zest magazine)

Smart, witty and brutal (

Funny and frank (Mother and Baby)

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THE GRIT DOCTOR does for self-help what she did for running: RIPS UP THE RULE BOOK.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By D. Hope
A very motivational kick in the rear, without all the touchy-feely language often found in self-help books, especially those from across the Pond - this is very definitely a British approach, a down to earth, common sense pep talk - often quite tongue in cheek & funny. Rather than reading it, I actually listened to the audio version (she reads it herself & is an excellent narrator) & got a huge amount done while I did! Whether you've got a huge life change to make or are just temporarily stuck in career doldrums, I'd recommend reading/listening to this. However, this is very strong medicine, which must be taken with an equal & balancing amount of yin, if you don't want to spend the rest of your life with clenched teeth, looking forward to those brief half hours when you're allowed to actually veg out on the couch & enjoy the fruits of your labours. After all, life must be about being present in & bringing acceptance/enjoyment to every moment, not just gritting it through all the chores & hard work. I recommend alternating this with Eckhart Tolle's excellent 'A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose' A New Earth: Create a Better Lifeand/or for the more Buddhist-ly inclined 'Unconditional Confidence' a talk & interview with Pema Chodron Unconditional Confidence: Instructions for Meeting Any Experience with Trust and Courage - both of these are deep ... and come at life from an equally effective but very different angle. Balancing these two approaches - timely action AND inaction, with ongoing awareness & acceptance (because after all not everything can be changed by sheer grit, some of what life throws at you really does just have to be accepted), that is surely the trick.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 23 May 2013
I gave up reading this book halfway through. The anecdotes are boring and I quickly grew tired of the constant abbreviations and overuse of the word "s***" It feels as if this book has been written by a teenager, not an ex-barrister. The only helpful thing I derived from the book is to use tables to plan tasks, instead of just writing a to do lists which never get done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well…... 14 Sep 2014
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Starts well but then waddles on and on in a very repetitive manner. It would be better as an article rather than a book. I had a feeling that after page 20 Ruth Field ran out of things to say. She seems to be extremely fond of the word 's***' - it does make sense within the title, but she overuses it to extreme. Mid-book I lost interest, to be honest. I would advise you to take this book from the library, rather than spend money on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great motivational read !! 9 Jun 2013
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I bought this book having seen it mentioned in "Closer" magazine as a good motivatinal read. I bought this and Ruth Field's other book "Run fat B!tch Run. I can honestly say reading these has given me the kick up the backside I needed. I was feeling pretty overweight and de-motivated generally, but I sit here today having done 42 lengths at the local pool this morning, a 16km hike /run last week and a medium length run most days as now trying to get my fitness back. Thanks Ruth ! If you need a book to help you get your life in order with no namby pamby nonsense.....this works ! (Well it did for me anyway).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 July 2013
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Does exactly what it says on the tin. An upfront and honest book, this has been such a great motivator for getting my shit together, a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read with a laugh at the same time. 23 Jun 2014
By lynn
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Excellent, honest talking, exactly what you need when your best mate can't be next to you saying the same thing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not useful if you're already busy 17 Jun 2014
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I'd never give a book that someone's taken the trouble to write less than 2 stars because often it's that it just didn't suit the reader rather than it actually being rubbish. I think the target audience is the recent graduate recovering from the shock that their newly chosen profession is quite hard work really or the new mum who is discovering the even huger shock of a baby (or twins). The advice? Man up. Put a smile on your face and get on with it. Along with take one small step at a time in the right direction consistently to reach goals, tackle the stuff you're avoiding and get off your bottom and stop watching large amounts of crap TV. Also--strangely, and never really explained "don't write lists" without which my life would crumble because I would simply be unable to hold that much info in my head.
If you are my demographic -- either older than 35 and working full time, or have school age children with the whopping amount of organisation that entails, or both, I suspect that you might, like me, find this book a complete waste of time and money. I liked her "voice" and style--easy to read and mildly humorous but it's empty of content. What was really annoying (and I think a fault of the publisher) was that it doesn't say who the book IS targeted at, but then makes a number of references to that audience along the lines of if you are already not watching hours of crap TV, or already very busy then you're probably not reading this book. So why was I reading this book? I thought Dave Allens getting things done was excellent, but very masculine and office based so I was hoping for some time management tips/new ideas--this isn't that at all. The one piece of advice I did take away to remind myself of is that juggling it all just isn't easy so don't expect it to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I much needed kick up the proverbials. Straight talking ...
I much needed kick up the proverbials. Straight talking. Nothing revolutionary (what did you expect?) but it got me going.
Published 2 months ago by S. Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
It's a good book for me and everyone like me... Wh wh why ? Be be be bec because I don don't knoww✌️
Published 9 months ago by iLLKiD
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Just the frank talking that you need when you want to make changes to your life. Very pleased I ordered it.
Published 10 months ago by Brenda Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars How to get partner de-stressed!!
Wife needed to get focussed: she was sort of shocked by the title but once she got into it, she really thought it was very good.
Published 14 months ago by gary spilman
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Shit Together
Brilliant read. We should have this as compulsory reading for all 13 year olds and above. It should be a training manual for all staff training. Loved it, have a new lease of life. Read more
Published 14 months ago by P Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought as a present and went down very well. Arrived in very good time and was as expected. Author great wit and tough approach. I will read it next!
Published 15 months ago by michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good±
So far so good, I have only read one chapter - rather large print to bulk it out and its very conversational in tone but I'm enjoying it!
Published 15 months ago by mcatackl
1.0 out of 5 stars Just another lously self help
if your looking for a quick fix, self help than buy this, if your looking for a proper solution google it.
Published 15 months ago by Erin.prunty
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