Quilt on Fire

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There is something raw in the fault lines, something wilder and more mysterious. There is beauty in the falling apart, a less polished, more honest version of expression.

In her early twenties, Christie Watson was convinced she’d found her soulmate, in a glowing flash of light that turned out to be her tealights 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 mid-life: 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.

‘I adore Christie Watson. Quilt on Fire is full of her trademark candour, compassion and humour. A wildly entertaining – and necessary book’ ELIZABETH DAY

© Christie Watson 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Literary, gritty, joyful and very, very funny, reading Quilt on Fire is like hanging out with a best friend, one who knows you so well that she can see inside your soulVirgina Woolf-sharp

    Sunday Telegraph
  • You don’t have to be in midlife to appreciate this funny, real, empathetic memoir about the multitudes contained in every woman… You’ll feel as if you’ve found a kindred spirit

  • [Quilt on Fire] stood out for its honesty and humourA must-read for any woman in midlife

    Good Housekeeping, 'This month's 10 books to read right now'
  • [An] insightful and outspoken exploration of middle age and the perimenopause

  • 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

    Dreda Say Mitchell

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