* Thank you, thank you, thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy of Laura's new book. All opinions are my own and, come on, was I ever going to not love this? *
PRAISE THE GRECIAN GODS ABOVE, LAURA HAS A NEW BOOK AND I CAN HOLD IT IN MY TINY HANDS.
Laura, Laura, Laura. You know, Laura? If you don't, you should.
If you've been reading my blog since June last year, you'll know how much I loved Laura's book Becoming (review here!). Now, this book is incredibly different from her previous publication, but still boasts her wonderfully compelling, friendly, and strong voice. As you'll probably pick up reading through this post, I bloody love reading Laura's writing. There's something about it that just works for me. It's easy but complex, and not like anything I could attempt to write. She makes me want to try harder.
After releasing Becoming, Laura admits that she fell into a place where she could no longer write. She was anxious and depressed, no longer feeling the high of reaching her dream of getting a book published. So she became a nanny, earning some money and taking some time out. Ice Cream for Breakfast is a collection of life lessons she believes we should all follow that she learned during this time looking after three lovely little girls. Each chapter outlines one thing she learned from the girls, one event that caused her to realise a truth about life, and gives you ideas on how to implement that lesson yourself into your everyday existence. Some of these truths are ridiculously fun, some are a lot more serious. Allow yourself to be angry and then let it pass, speak the truth even when you think you shouldn't, laugh like you mean it, dream ridiculously big, forgive, adventure, improvise, love endlessly... Our bullshit adult problems are just that. Bullshit. Where did we learn that it's all got to be so bloody serious?
Much like Becoming, I sped through this at breakneck speed and now feel a little sad that, once again, I have ingested all of Laura's catalogue of writing. I'm always on her blog, reading through her updates, relishing in her voice and the tales she has to tell. She's pretty much one of my literary idols at this point. I fortunately now have the absolute joy of having a place booked on one of Laura's writing workshops. I've heard a lot about them, and they seem to draw in such a wonderful, inspiring selection of women. New friends, new ideas, new confidence! Stay tuned.
Ice Cream for Breakfast will be released by Hodder & Stoughton on April 20th. You can read more about Laura's reasons for writing it in her initial blog post announcing the book, as she'll do a better job than me! I really urge you to pick this up if you're facing any sort of life uncertainty, or feel like you've stopped having fun.