Christina Patterson – The Art of Not Falling Apart launch

The Crowdshed

June 28, 2018


We plan, as the old proverb says, and God laughs. But most of us don’t find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most of us want love, a nice home, good work, and happy children. Many of us grew up with parents who made these things look relatively easy and assumed we would get them, too. So what do you do if you dont? What do you do when you feel you’ve messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?

For Christina Patterson, it was her job as a journalist that kept her going through the ups and downs of life. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she had never done before. The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. There’s Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from a FTSE- 100 board. There’s Winston, who fell through a ceiling onto a purple coffin. There’s Louise, whose baby was seriously ill, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there’s Christina, eating far too many crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life.

The Art of Not Falling Apart has been hailed by Robert Harris as “a kind of war reporter’s dispatches from the barricades of modern life” and by Kirsty Wark as “a page turner – insightful, sad, funny”. It’s a sometimes shockingly honest celebration of life as an adventure, one where you ditch your expectations, raise a glass and prepare for a rocky ride.

To coincide with the publication of ‘The Art of Not Falling Apart’ Volteface are holding a launch event on the 28th June at 1830 in The Crowdshed by Tottenham Court Road. Christina Patterson will be in conversation with Volteface’s Head of Communcations, Paul North to talk about the book: What motivated Christina to write it, what is to be learnt from reading it and the art of keeping it together.

Tickets are free and the book will be available for purchase on the night.


6.30 – Arrival
6.45 – Conversation with Christina and Paul
7.15 – Q+A
7.30 – Drinks and chat

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