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When Nina Mistry's life hits rock bottom, she decides to change her stars by falling in love...with herself—a hilarious, heartfelt story from outrageously funny novelist Radhika Sanghani.
Nina didn't plan to spend her thirtieth birthday in jail, yet here she is in her pajamas, locked in a holding cell. There's no Wi-Fi, no wine, no carbs—and no one to celebrate with.
Unfortunately, it gives Nina plenty of time to reflect on how screwed up her life is. She's just broken up with her fiancé, and now has to move back into her childhood home to live with her depressed older brother and their uptight, traditional Indian mother. Her career as a freelance journalist isn’t going in the direction she wants, and all her friends are too busy being successful to hang out with her.
Just as Nina falls into despair, a book lands in her cell: How to Fix Your Shitty Life by Loving Yourself. It must be destiny. With literally nothing left to lose, Nina makes a life-changing decision to embark on a self-love journey. By her next birthday, she's going to find thirty things she loves about herself.
About the Author
Radhika Sanghani is an award-winning journalist and author based in London. She writes features for publications like the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Grazia. Her two previous novels, Virgin and Not That Easy were published in 13 countries worldwide, with Virgin made into an online TV series. Radhika is also a body positive campaigner, and founded the #sideprofileselfie movement to celebrate big noses. 30 Things I Love About Myself is her third novel.
“I adored everything about this hilarious, clever, uplifting novel! 30 Things I Love About Myself is a laugh-out-loud, feel-good novel that will leave you inspired and hopeful and downright happy! A truly gifted storyteller…Sanghani’s charmingly flawed characters are so lovable and authentic you’ll feel like you’re part of the Mistry family. In turns uproariously funny and tenderly touching, 30 Things I Love About Myself is the perfect antidote for today’s stressful world.”
—Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany
“Radhika Sanghani’s 30 Things I Love About Myself is absolutely charming! Nina Mistry’s life has completely unraveled, but a randomly discovered self-help book shows her the way out…Touching, clever, poignant, and hilarious. Readers will cheer for Nina as she discovers the most important lesson in life—to love yourself. A brilliant and timely read!”
—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Wait For It
“…readers will follow Nina on a journey to self-acceptance and confidence. … 30 Things I Love About Myself is a timely read at the beginning of the new year when resolutions are abundant. It also can be laugh out-loud funny.”
—The Associated Press
“This comedy-drama is unafraid to tackle difficult subjects amid the often hilarious saga of a British Indian journalist and her journey toward self-love and acceptance.”
“A heartwarming read about self-acceptance and the idea that it’s possible to learn to love your imperfect self.”
“Sanghani's latest is a sweet and funny contemporary novel about learning to embrace yourself, flaws and all. Discussions on racism and depression add depth, keeping the tone from becoming saccharine. Readers will be inspired to create their own self-love lists.”
“Funny and charming.”
“I absolutely loved this book . . . A witty, relatable and heart-warming novel about the obstacle course of adulthood and learning to, in time, be your own compass, self-help guide and best friend.”
“30 Things I Love About Myself felt like a big, warm hug! This book is filled with lots of gems, heartfelt moments and plenty of LOLs. I rooted for Nina all the way. Well done to Radhika for writing such an unconventional rom-com. We need more of these!”
—Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, author of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?
“This! So good!! Funny, fresh, touching. I’m completely in love with Nina the heroine. I love the way Radhika writes.”
—Jane Fallon, bestselling author of Worst Idea Ever
“Just brilliant. I want to give it to every woman I know.”
—Nimco Ali, OBE
“Thirty Things I Love About Myself takes you on a heart-warming, affirming journey of what self-love looks like beyond the social media one-liners. An ideal read for any young woman struggling to see her worth and wondering how choosing herself might look.”
—Megan Jayne Crabbe
“A heart-warming and uplifting read, exactly what we all need right now . . . This is going to fly!”
—Nikki May, author of Wahala
“A treat. Just lovely, funny, life-affirming storytelling.”
—Lauren Bravo, author of How To Break Up With Fast Fashion
“A charming novel. I loved spending time with Nina, Meera, Rupa, Auntie Trish and the whole gang. Typical Sagittarius.”
—Nell Frizzell, bestselling author of The Panic Years
“It is PERFECT – funny and charming and moving all in one . . . I honestly believe everyone will be touched by Nina’s story . . . I loved it!”
—Harriet Minter, author of Working From Home
“Witty, warm and, most of all, brave and important.”
—Catherine Gray, bestselling author of The Unexpected Joys of Being Single