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My Life in Agony Confessions of a Professional Agony Aunt by Irma Kurtz
  

My Life in Agony Confessions of a Professional Agony Aunt

Biography / Autobiography   

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Irma Kurtz’s own private life and her public self as Agony Aunt come together in a narrative that informs of her own life and the many, many other lives she has touched throughout her career. Universal problems but to each sufferer, the problem is unique and painful, we see how she’s built a reservoir of wisdom to help and advise, making this a wise and telling story.

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My Life in Agony Confessions of a Professional Agony Aunt by Irma Kurtz

As Cosmopolitan's professional agony aunt for the last forty years, Irma Kurtz has had to deal with the most intimate problems of successive generations of readers, while having to keep up with the changing mores and attitudes in British and American society. In these memoirs, she looks back on the seismic transformations that have taken place over the last four decades, as well as her own hectic and often difficult life as a single mum from America living in London. Warm, funny and perceptive, brimming with wisdom and insight, My Life in Agony is a meditation on the subjects that tend to concern and confuse us the most - from mother-daughter relationships through to eating disorders, office politics and those perennial areas of interest: love and sex.

Reviews

'The unshockable queen of advice. Cosmopolitan So wise that she is practically Confucius.' India Knight, The Sunday Times

'Kurtz is exactly the sort of Wise Woman that all of us emotional wrecks would love to have as a best friend.' Daily Mail

'A highly readable stew of opinions and happenings that one can read simply for pleasure and finally realise one has actually learned a lot.' The Observer

'Lots of people may benefit from reading the advice contained within this book.' Helen Davies, The Sunday Times

About the Author

Born in New Jersey, Irma Kurtz has been Cosmopolitan's agony aunt for the past forty years. After taking a degree in English Literature, Irma travelled around Europe before finally settling in London. There she joined the brand-new Cosmopolitan magazine and instituted its iconic agony-aunt column, which she then also wrote for the American edition. She has contributed widely to many national papers, with frequent radio and TV appearances. Irma has written two novels, three travel-focused books and three self-help books, including the critically acclaimed About Time: Growing Old Disgracefully.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th March 2015

Author

Irma Kurtz

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Publisher

Alma Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Press & journalism
Family & relationships

ISBN

9781846883552

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