Thirty Things I Love About Myself

The ‘witty’, ‘uplifting’, ‘inspiring’, 'fresh', 'joyful' novel you must not miss!

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Pub Date 20 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 3 Feb 2022
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'Funny and charming' PANDORA SYKES
'Just brilliant!' NIMCO ALI
'So good!' JANE FALLON
'I absolutely love this book' EMMA GANNON
'Heart-warming, affirming' MEGAN JAYNE CRABBE
'Brilliant, clever and funny!' BETH REEKLES

'Fresh and joyful . . . Essential reading to kick off 2022' Stylist
A Glamour 'Best Books for 2022'
One of Bustle's '12 Books By British Women Of Colour To Look Out For In 2022'
'Entertaining' Daily Mail
'A perfect read' Red

When Nina Mistry hits rock bottom - because no one plans to turn thirty in a prison cell - a tatty little self-help book finds its way into her hands. She doesn't think she needs it; why would a strong, sensible Taurus like her go on a 'life-changing journey' to fix herself? But her inner journalist is curious. And by the time the sun comes up, she knows exactly what she needs to do . . .

'This book will change your life . . . if you're brave enough to let it.'

This will not be a journey for the faint-hearted, but whatever else Nina has messed up in her life, she's never been afraid of a challenge.

'30 bold steps. One year.'

Her mother is - as always - appalled. Her brother is too depressed to care. The love of her life? He's already moved on. And her friends . . . well, that's another story.

But Nina has Nina.

And she's about to find out if that's enough.

'It's time for a brand new kind of love story. Are you ready?'

This is a gloriously uplifting novel for anyone who has ever had a self-worth wobble, or is watching someone they love struggle; it is for any woman who has ever failed and got herself right back up again, or whose life is veering a little off track!

We think it's the book your best friend would recommend you start reading right now. And it might well make you radically rethink everything you know about love . . .

Early readers of #30Things are saying:

'I absolutely fell in love'
'Warm, witty and wise'
'Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny'
'Such a positive message, for women of all ages!'
'It had me at the dedication! A lesson for me, and for every woman I know and love!'
'I needed this book!'
'It's raw, honest and achingly funny'
'Funny, clever and inviting. . . pulls you in then refuses to let you go'
'Impossible to put down'
'It feels really fresh and so right for now'
'I couldn't stop thinking about Nina!'

'Funny and charming' PANDORA SYKES
'Just brilliant!' NIMCO ALI
'So good!' JANE FALLON
'I absolutely love this book' EMMA GANNON
'Heart-warming, affirming' MEGAN JAYNE CRABBE

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Excellent life-affirming novel about self-love. I saw so many parallels to myself in this, having recently turned 30, even if I have never spent the night in a prison cell (yet at least!)
Funny, warm and engaging, I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to more from Radhika Sanghani.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my feedback.

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A brilliant book from Radhika Sanghani. Nina is a lovable lead and I found myself wondering if I need to make my own list, take up yoga or mindfulness!
4 stars.

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This is 100% absolute perfection. A crazy start that hooks you in and the concept is just utterly brilliant. Perfect January read if you are trying to beat January blues, or stick to resolutions.
A clever blend of humour, craziness, reality and mental health. The subject of mental health is poignant, and sensitively well handled.
Definitely gave me a boost reading this, and I am very tempted to try and get to the magic 30 things about myself.

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I kept hearing about this book, and with so much universal praised, I jumped at the chance to read an early copy.

I found the topics of depression and suicide were written with such empathy, you can feel there’s such heart there; these topics aren’t just there for pure entertainment, there’s a real message there. Likewise with the depictions of racism. I found them so cruel and upsetting, but sadly, so real, but they’re so sensitively handled that I feel Radhika must have had similar experience herself - which I desperately, desperately hope isn’t true.

I think in anyone else’s hands, the topics of astrology and star signs and self love and “finding yourself” could have felt a bit twee, a bit pushy, and a bit annoying. But they’re a real standout plot point in this book for me. I’ve never read too much into things like that, and often felt a bit blasé about them, but they’re written so well that it’s actually peaked an interest for me.

I can fully identify with the plights of a single, sometimes unemployed, thirty-year-old (ok I’m not 30 until next year) woman, who has an older brother, has anxious and depressive thoughts, who lives in her mother’s spare room, and has a father who is no longer with us. She may be of a different culture and background, but she was so familiar it was quite scary.

This book is funny, sad, real, heartwarming, cuddly, thoughtful, harsh, hard, and transformative. This may be a fictional book, a fictional story, not a self-help book. But I wager anyone to read this and not feel improved and enlightened. It’s as positive and life affirming as any book, fiction or not, out there today.

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