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Judith Lucy was just Great! Sure, the last remaining member of her immediate family had died, she was menopausal, she suspected her career was in the shitter and it seemed like the world was going to hell in a handbasket – but she was about to move in with the love of her life! Everything would work out because SHE HAD A MAN. Then, in the space of twenty-four hours, her rela Judith Lucy was just Great! Sure, the last remaining member of her immediate family had died, she was menopausal, she suspected her career was in the shitter and it seemed like the world was going to hell in a handbasket – but she was about to move in with the love of her life! Everything would work out because SHE HAD A MAN. Then, in the space of twenty-four hours, her relationship came apart and so did she. A broken heart became the catalyst for a complete existential melt down. She was nearly fifty, suddenly alone and unsure about every aspect of her life. How had this happened? Should she blame one of her four parents? What part had the comedy world played and was her disastrous history with men about more than just bad taste? In her most candid and insightful book yet, Judith figures out what went wrong and then turns her attention to finding out what her life might look like if it went right. She tries everything from dating a tree to getting a portrait of her vulva done to swimming with a whale shark. Thanks to a series of revelations and a slight drowning experience, Judith slowly starts to realise that her life is still full of possibilities and despite death, heartache and a dry vagina it turns out … she’s fine.


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Judith Lucy was just Great! Sure, the last remaining member of her immediate family had died, she was menopausal, she suspected her career was in the shitter and it seemed like the world was going to hell in a handbasket – but she was about to move in with the love of her life! Everything would work out because SHE HAD A MAN. Then, in the space of twenty-four hours, her rela Judith Lucy was just Great! Sure, the last remaining member of her immediate family had died, she was menopausal, she suspected her career was in the shitter and it seemed like the world was going to hell in a handbasket – but she was about to move in with the love of her life! Everything would work out because SHE HAD A MAN. Then, in the space of twenty-four hours, her relationship came apart and so did she. A broken heart became the catalyst for a complete existential melt down. She was nearly fifty, suddenly alone and unsure about every aspect of her life. How had this happened? Should she blame one of her four parents? What part had the comedy world played and was her disastrous history with men about more than just bad taste? In her most candid and insightful book yet, Judith figures out what went wrong and then turns her attention to finding out what her life might look like if it went right. She tries everything from dating a tree to getting a portrait of her vulva done to swimming with a whale shark. Thanks to a series of revelations and a slight drowning experience, Judith slowly starts to realise that her life is still full of possibilities and despite death, heartache and a dry vagina it turns out … she’s fine.

30 review for Turns Out, I'm Fine: How Not To Fall Apart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Judith Lucy doesn’t hold back in documenting her relationships with men, whether it be appalling boyfriends, her father or brother, straight white men who don’t get her brand of humour or gay men who do. She has a lot going on in her head and this book provides a journey through her self-destruction, then acceptance and finding a way forward. It’s not all laugh out loud funny but there is her characteristic humour throughout and she’s a talented writer. It was a very enjoyable read and as a cont Judith Lucy doesn’t hold back in documenting her relationships with men, whether it be appalling boyfriends, her father or brother, straight white men who don’t get her brand of humour or gay men who do. She has a lot going on in her head and this book provides a journey through her self-destruction, then acceptance and finding a way forward. It’s not all laugh out loud funny but there is her characteristic humour throughout and she’s a talented writer. It was a very enjoyable read and as a contemporary it was relatable in quite a few ways. I’m glad she’s in a happier place these days.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter Kane

    Stunningly honest and brave, Judith is so much more than a comedian. She writes in her own voice, a voice that goes where only she could. I have read a few of her other books and whilst they were good, this is her best. I listened to this as an audio book and her performance equaled her writing. Cannot recommend highly enough and I am an old, straight, white guy 😁

  3. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Dooley

    Both entertaining and a salve for the soul. Beats reading a self-help book. Judith Lucy provides a hilarious recount of a shit few years as she hits middle age and what she did to dig herself out of the hole of overwhelming grief and sadness. All told through a feminist lens. Fuck the patriarchy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hala

    Judith Lucy has certainly never been backwards about coming forward in all aspects of her life, be it the personal or the professional. Her stand up comedy has extensively mined her colorful family history and often disastrous relationships with men, which are re-examined here in the light of the #metoo movement. Lucy doesn't hold back in letting us in on all the sex and drugs of the touring comedians life. The other side to this is how she tries to make sense recent events in her life, the deat Judith Lucy has certainly never been backwards about coming forward in all aspects of her life, be it the personal or the professional. Her stand up comedy has extensively mined her colorful family history and often disastrous relationships with men, which are re-examined here in the light of the #metoo movement. Lucy doesn't hold back in letting us in on all the sex and drugs of the touring comedians life. The other side to this is how she tries to make sense recent events in her life, the death of her brother, a devastating break up, turning fifty, menopause and the search for her birth father. Yep, it’s Lucy in full tilt ‘mid life crisis’ mode, telling it to you in your face with a heavy dose of her usual sarcasm. If you are familiar with Lucy’s recent work, be it on stage, on television or in podcasts, it is all thoroughly referenced here, so don't look for anything terribly new (though her musings on the pandemic are hilarious!). It is great fun to join Lucy as she tries a variety of different things, from the outlandish 'c*nt portrait' to the sobering 'death walker' studies. Lucy also has an environmental awakening as she searches for meaning in an increasingly uncertain world. Unsurprisingly, this work is very funny, wildly entertaining and a must read for anyone even vaguely contemplating a midlife re-assessment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Magliano

    I expected a laugh and I did snort like a pig but Turns out ,I’m Fine was confronting and beautiful . Judith Lucy is open and blunt , she shares heartbreak and joy .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Georgia H

    Fantastic - a clear sighted, warm and compassionate look at a pivotal point in her life. I think this will resonate with a lot of people, a bit of a revelation, really. Highly recommend to anyone thinking ‘what now?’, especially in the light of the post pandemic future. Whenever that is.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heulwen Sweet

    A gripping life story. Had to have several cups of tea to cope. Laughed as I winced. Made me suddenly release just how brilliant this person is.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Davey de Mestre

    Judith Lucy became one of my favourite authors the minute I opened ‘The Lucy Family Alphabet’ and I have read all of her books since. But her latest, ‘Turns Out I’m Fine: How Not to Fall Apart’ is her best work yet. This book perfectly captures the dizzying highs and crashing lows of growing up, with piercing clarity. I expect laughter when I read a Judith Lucy book but here, I got life lessons and a deeply reflective reading experience. All this, told with a beautiful balance of scathing sarcas Judith Lucy became one of my favourite authors the minute I opened ‘The Lucy Family Alphabet’ and I have read all of her books since. But her latest, ‘Turns Out I’m Fine: How Not to Fall Apart’ is her best work yet. This book perfectly captures the dizzying highs and crashing lows of growing up, with piercing clarity. I expect laughter when I read a Judith Lucy book but here, I got life lessons and a deeply reflective reading experience. All this, told with a beautiful balance of scathing sarcasm and a wise, empowered and fully self-actualised voice, which had my sides splitting at some parts and my eyes welling in others. Lucy gives her readers a truly honest and whole-hearted perspective on the things that matter, like aging, death, sex, love and life. This book feels like a satisfyingly soulful discussion at a dinner table with loved ones rather than a book, except expertly funny. I laughed, learned, was moved and healed out of the pages of this book and it was a true pleasure to read, if not only for the simple fact that I love Judith Lucy and I was happy to accompany her on her journey of self-discovery. Read this book if you have ever lived, loved or laughed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joy Reddy

    Every young woman should read this book as they seem to take feminism and what it has done for females for granted. Most men would benefit from reading it too. "You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space Every young woman should read this book as they seem to take feminism and what it has done for females for granted. Most men would benefit from reading it too. "You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'" Erin McKean

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Cashman

    Judith writes with a sharp wit and intelligence from cover to cover. Cracked me up numerous times and had me wishing she was in my friend circle. Judith covers subjects from menopause, boyfriends, cosmetic enhancements plus more. Her family has played a significant part throughout her life. Rehashing memories of her childhood and teens and the impact it has on the woman that she is today is very revealing. She's a gifted writer and you can certainly hear her voice as you flick through each page. Judith writes with a sharp wit and intelligence from cover to cover. Cracked me up numerous times and had me wishing she was in my friend circle. Judith covers subjects from menopause, boyfriends, cosmetic enhancements plus more. Her family has played a significant part throughout her life. Rehashing memories of her childhood and teens and the impact it has on the woman that she is today is very revealing. She's a gifted writer and you can certainly hear her voice as you flick through each page.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ika Willis

    Audible has been aggressively marketing this to me for ages (yes, thank you Audible, I am in my late 40s and not in the most robust mental health, well spotted) so I got it out of the library when I spotted it on the FastBack shelf. There were lots of details that I related to, and I thought all Lucy's ideas/conclusions/thoughts about how to live through (and learn from) a mid-life crisis were pretty spot-on, but I don't like stand-up comedy as a genre and I like it even less translated to the p Audible has been aggressively marketing this to me for ages (yes, thank you Audible, I am in my late 40s and not in the most robust mental health, well spotted) so I got it out of the library when I spotted it on the FastBack shelf. There were lots of details that I related to, and I thought all Lucy's ideas/conclusions/thoughts about how to live through (and learn from) a mid-life crisis were pretty spot-on, but I don't like stand-up comedy as a genre and I like it even less translated to the page.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Judith Lucy certainly has a way with words. But this funny woman has shone a bright light on how many of us feel. From family, death, sex (or lack of) and all the bits in between Thanks Judith! It was brilliant!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sally Mattner

    Funny, devastating, insightful and inspiring.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 ⭐️s. Paired with her wonderful wit, Judith Lucy was raw and honest in this new memoir. Will always love listening to and reading her stuff!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Bloom

    Judith is not just a comedian. She’s a very good writer. She goes deep into subjects that many won’t touch: death, sex, menopause, relationship breakdowns, finding yourself. Bravo!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jolanka

    Wonderful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anthea

    Brilliant! Hilarious, moving and poignant.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Missyd

    Listened to this on audio book and it was great to hang with the amazing, fabulous, funny, open, thoughtful Judith Lucy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Campbell

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Winterbottom

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Champion

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Cross

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bec

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elisha

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mac

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia Suban

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Whittleson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  30. 4 out of 5

    Helen Callas

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