After the Storm (Hardback)

Postnatal Depression and the Utter Weirdness of New Motherhood

Emma Jane Unsworth

A powerful, funny call-to-arms account of postnatal depression, from the bestselling author of Animals and Adults

'Brave and important ... beautiful, hilarious, clever ... I loved this book' Clover Stroud

'Funny, gruelling, wonderful' Claudia Hammond

'Brilliant' Nikesh Shukla

"How did it come to this? I am tough, I am smart, I have lived alone. Now I am cracking, right down the middle..."

Six months after the birth of her son, Emma Jane Unsworth finds herself in the eye of a storm. Nothing - from pregnancy to birth and beyond - has gone as she expected. A birth plan? It might as well have been a rough draft! Furious and exhausted, her life is the complete opposite of what it used to be. She's swapped all night benders for a grazed labia and Whac-a-Moling haemorrhoids. How did she end up here?

In this brave and hilarious account of postnatal depression, Emma tells her story of despair and recovery. She tackles the biggest taboos around motherhood and mental health, from botched stitches and bleeding nipples to anger and shame. How does pregnancy adapt our brains? Is postnatal depression a natural reaction to the trauma of modern motherhood? And are people's attitudes finally changing?

Dazzling and vital, After the Storm is a celebration of survival, holding out a hand to women everywhere.

Publication date: 06/05/2021

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788166546

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

After the Storm (Ebook)

Postnatal Depression and the Utter Weirdness of New Motherhood

Emma Jane Unsworth

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A powerful, funny call-to-arms account of postnatal depression, from the bestselling author of Animals and Adults

'Brave and important ... beautiful, hilarious, clever ... I loved this book' Clover Stroud

'Funny, gruelling, wonderful' Claudia Hammond

'Brilliant' Nikesh Shukla

"How did it come to this? I am tough, I am smart, I have lived alone. Now I am cracking, right down the middle..."

Six months after the birth of her son, Emma Jane Unsworth finds herself in the eye of a storm. Nothing - from pregnancy to birth and beyond - has gone as she expected. A birth plan? It might as well have been a rough draft! Furious and exhausted, her life is the complete opposite of what it used to be. She's swapped all night benders for a grazed labia and Whac-a-Moling haemorrhoids. How did she end up here?

In this brave and hilarious account of postnatal depression, Emma tells her story of despair and recovery. She tackles the biggest taboos around motherhood and mental health, from botched stitches and bleeding nipples to anger and shame. How does pregnancy adapt our brains? Is postnatal depression a natural reaction to the trauma of modern motherhood? And are people's attitudes finally changing?

Dazzling and vital, After the Storm is a celebration of survival, holding out a hand to women everywhere.

Publication date: 06/05/2021

£10.99

ISBN: 9781782837695

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08GYLF5M2

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

After the Storm (Audiobook)

Postnatal Depression and the Utter Weirdness of New Motherhood

Emma Jane Unsworth

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A powerful, funny call-to-arms account of postnatal depression, from the bestselling author of Animals and Adults

'Brave and important ... beautiful, hilarious, clever ... I loved this book' Clover Stroud

'Funny, gruelling, wonderful' Claudia Hammond

'Brilliant' Nikesh Shukla

"How did it come to this? I am tough, I am smart, I have lived alone. Now I am cracking, right down the middle..."

Six months after the birth of her son, Emma Jane Unsworth finds herself in the eye of a storm. Nothing - from pregnancy to birth and beyond - has gone as she expected. A birth plan? It might as well have been a rough draft! Furious and exhausted, her life is the complete opposite of what it used to be. She's swapped all night benders for a grazed labia and Whac-a-Moling haemorrhoids. How did she end up here?

In this brave and hilarious account of postnatal depression, Emma tells her story of despair and recovery. She tackles the biggest taboos around motherhood and mental health, from botched stitches and bleeding nipples to anger and shame. How does pregnancy adapt our brains? Is postnatal depression a natural reaction to the trauma of modern motherhood? And are people's attitudes finally changing?

Dazzling and vital, After the Storm is a celebration of survival, holding out a hand to women everywhere.

Publication date: 06/05/2021

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782839088

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Reviews for After the Storm

'This is a brave and important work. Unsworth is unflinchingly honest about her experiences, and her beautiful, funny, clever writing elevates her story into something universal as well as massively readable. I loved this book.'

Clover Stroud 

'Funny, gruelling, wonderful. I felt as though I were with her every step of the way. I loved it'

Claudia Hammond 

'A brilliant deeply personal and honest book from a writer who is an expert at being humane, funny and vulnerable.'

Nikesh Shukla 

'VIRTUOSO'

Praise for ADULTS Guardian

'DAZZLING'

Praise for ADULTS, Marian Keyes 

'HILARIOUS'

Praise for ADULTS, Dolly Alderton 

'TENDER'

Praise for ADULTS, Jessie Burton 

'MAGNIFICENT'

Praise for ADULTS, Daisy Buchanan 

'INCREDIBLE'

Praise for ADULTS, Candice Carty William 

'MOVING'

Praise for ADULTS, Laura Jane Williams 

'BRILLIANT'

Praise for ADULTS, Nikesh Shukla 

'I LOVED IT '

Praise for ADULTS, Sam Baker 

Emma Jane Unsworth

Emma Jane Unsworth

Emma Jane Unsworth is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, Animals, now a major motion picture, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019. She also writes for television and various magazines. Her latest novel, Adults, has been heralded 'hilarious' (Dolly Alderton), 'tender' (Jessie Burton) and 'dazzling' (Marian Keyes) and is a Sunday Times bestseller.