Thanks to everyone who has reviewed The Anna Karenina Fix, especially on Amazon and Goodreads. All authors hate the idea of being reviewed but the fact of being reviewed is what sells books… Thanks also to all the literature festivals who have hosted this autumn, especially Folkestone who were the last stop on the tour (pictured here). More events coming in 2018.
(Pics: Ben Bowles)
Books of the Year: The Spectator, The Observer, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph
“Funny, clever and joyful. I loved this book.” — Nina Stibbe, best-selling author of Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life
“Everyone’s happiness project looks different, and for Viv Groskop, reading great works of Russian literature held the key to a happier life. In this hilarious, candid, and thought-provoking memoir, she explains how she used lessons from Russian classics to understand herself better and to create the life she wanted.” — Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project
“Like the best sort of conversation with a wise, hilarious and well-read friend. Sitting somewhere between memoir, literary criticism and comedy, this book slips down like iced vodka and is brilliantly entertaining. Viv Groskop shows us not only why the great Russian classics should matter to us today, but unpicks the contradictions of the “Russian soul”, right down to Tolstoy’s penchant for eggs.” — Sofka Zinovieff, author of The Red Princess.
“Funny and only second best to reading the stuff itself” — Sara Wheeler, The Spectator
“Enchanting. Groskop falls in love with the literature, her impressive knowledge of which she conveys with a charmingly breezy tone.” — The Observer
“A beguiling tasting menu of some of the finest reading experiences of my life. Witty, likeable, and lighthearted, Viv Groskop invites us to embrace the work of these august Russian dead souls as belonging to us all.” — Lionel Shriver
“A superb book. I loved it.” — Vesna Goldsworthy, author of Chernobyl Strawberries.
“A passionate, hilarious, joyful love letter to Russian literature” — Allison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph
“A delightful primer and companion to all the authors you are ashamed to admit you haven’t read” — The Times
“A self-help memoir hybrid, Groskop examines life’s problems, such as unrequited love, feeling directionless and having anxiety about your looks, through 11 Russian classics.” — ELLE
“What does Tolstoy have in common with Oprah Winfrey? What can Chekhov teach us about body image? In The Anna Karenina Fix, comedian Viv Groskop shows us how to use Russian literature as self-help, with hilarious and eye-opening results.” — Good Housekeeping
“Add this memoir to your reading list for winter: The Anna Karenina Fix by Viv Groskop. The popular comedian mines the lessons to be found in classic Russian novels.” — Vogue
“A wry literary memoir examining what we can learn from the great Russian novelists.” — Stylist