'A wildly entertaining and necessary book' ELIZABETH DAY
'A must-read for every woman' JACQUELINE WILSON
'A laugh-out-loud, haunting and beautifully crafted manual' DREDA SAY MITCHELL
In her early twenties, Christie Watson was convinced she'd found her soulmate, in a glowing flash of light that turned out to be a tealight setting her quilt on fire. Twenty years later, her bed is burning once again... as she wakes in a perimenopausal sweat, night after night.
This is the story of her journey through midlife: of the joy of letting go and the pain of the morning after, of the unstoppable power of female friendship and the struggle to raise teenagers as a single parent. It lays bare the exhilaration, agony, wonder and fears of being a middle-aged woman with a wild heart, a changing body and a new set of challenges. And as her world takes on a different shape, there's something else she starts to feel: the hot flush of possibility...
'Wickedly funny, deliciously candid and deeply moving' RACHEL CLARKE, author of Dear Life
'Give Quilt on Fire to your daughter, mother, sister, friends. A howlingly good midlife battle cry' JESS KIDD, author of Things in Jars
'Brilliant... Like having an honest conversation with a smart and funny friend' CATHY RENTZENBRINK, author of Dear Reader
I adore Christie Watson. Quilt on Fire is full of her trademark candour, compassion and humour
Christie Watson is fierce, funny and endearingly frank in her fantastic new memoir
I wish I'd had such a laugh-out-loud, haunting and beautifully crafted manual to help navigate my own menopause. The stories filled me with laughter and tears... Many many women will be eternally grateful
How does Christie Watson do it? No-one depicts with greater wisdom and tenderness the unruly, bewildering, mercurial gorgeousness of the human body. I adored this book
Generous notes from the heat of female experience. Read it with a sigh of relief and gratitude
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In 2018, retired nurse Christie Watson wrote her memoir, The Language of Kindness. Christie has joined the Covid-19 emergency nursing register and is going back into the NHS.