Lorna Martin's life is in chaos. She is embroiled in a dysfunctional relationship and is close to quitting her job as a high-flying journalist. Having missed three flights in ten days, she finds herself seeking solace in the airport bar at 7am. On top of all that, she's the only woman she knows in her mid-thirties without a partner, a mortgage or even a cat. Egged on by her friends, she signs up for some intensive therapy. What follows is a glorious journey of self-discovery. For Lorna, therapy involves owning up to feeling jealous of her baby nephew and admitting that she's secretly expecting The One to come and save her. And she still can't stop herself from sabotaging her prospects with a certain Doctor McDreamy. But with support (and not a little exasperation) from her friends and long-suffering sister, some serious setting-the-world-to-rights sessions involving too many bottles of wine, and the help of her inscrutable shrink, Lorna feels she might be getting her life together. Revealing, intimate and highly entertaining, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a must-read for any woman who loves the idea of being in love and worries about settling for second best.
Lorna Martin is an award-winning journalist for the Observer. Her weekly column, Conversations with my therapist, which inspired this book, appeared in Grazia where she remains a contributing editor. She lives in Glasgow.