The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll


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The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll.

Pub Date: 26th May 2015 (Andrews McMeel Publishing).

I received a free ARC from Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review – Thank You.

Synopsis mk3

If you’re floundering in life, striking out in love, struggling to pay the rent, and worried about it all — you’re in luck! World Champion Worrier and Expert Insomniac Gemma Correll is here to assure you that it could be much, much worse.

In her hugely popular comic drawings, Gemma Correll dispenses dubious advice and unreliable information on life as she sees it, including The Dystopian Zodiac, Reward Stickers for Grown-Ups, Palm Reading for Millennials, and a Map of the Introvert’s Heart. For all you fellow agonizers, fretters, and nervous wrecks, this book is for you. Read it and weep…with laughter.

My Thoughts mk3 Worriers of the world unite and go read this book.

I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this. The whole book is written and drawn in a delightfully humours way. The art work is adorable, bright and eye catching. I enjoyed the whole book but my favourite drawings were the Wheel of Insomnia, A map of the Introvert’s Heart, Mediocre Housekeeping, Real Life Horror Movies and Dating: The Ride.

At times it felt like Gemma has seen inside my head. I sat down and read this in about an hour,  it’s the type of book you’d want on your coffee table to flip through time and time again (and a few of the comics could be good ice breakers for those who struggle with house visitors :-P). All in all it’s a quick fun read about modern westernised women’s problems, dealing with over thinking, social anxiety and the big bad world.

Four Stars

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Gemma is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator with illustration clients including Hallmark, The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Knock Knock, Chronicle Books and The Observer.

She’s the author of – among others – “A Cat’s Life” (Te Neues, 2012),  “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette” (Dog N Bone, 2013) and “The Worrier’s Guide to Life” (Andrews McMeel, 2015). You can find out more about her books and comics here.

She publishes her “Four Eyes” cartoon at and at The Nib on She also draws a monthly Skycats cartoon for the Emirates Airlines Open Skies magazine.

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4 thoughts on “The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll

  1. I love the sound of this one Sarah, my goodness, it’s as though it was written just for me. I’m all those things, a worrier, an insomniac and a bit of a all round nut. I love books like this, not only are they entertaining, but they also provide a talking point for those of us out there who don’t feel so alone knowing that others go through the exact same issues we all do. Thank you so much for sharing Sarah, looking forward to grabbing a copy soon ❤ Brilliant review.

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