“Andrea McLean, No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author and award-winning TV broadcaster, opens up about her journey from trauma, toxic relationships and divorce towards empowerment, happiness and healing.
Do you ever feel like you’re just existing, not truly living? Do you often dwell on how unfair life can be, and how things haven’t worked out the way you planned? We’ve all been there. But it’s time to decide what YOU are going to DO about it. No matter what hand you’ve been dealt, it’s in your power to take control and create a life alight with possibility and joy.
After walking away from an abusive relationship, Andrea McLean continued putting on a brave face and pretending that everything was fine – all the while ignoring the psychological fallout of her trauma. Finally, it came time to say ‘enough!’ It was time to make a change.
In This Girl Is On Fire, Andrea shares her journey to healing, along with universal lessons in overcoming past trauma, breakdown, burnout and more. Even more vitally, she lights the path towards finding what gets our blood pumping, our eyes shining, and makes us get up in the morning – what sets us on fire.”
“Love this warm and uplifting read – made me laugh and cry, as well as feel informed and inspired.” (Liz Earle)
“I love this book. Brilliantly practical, down-to-earth guide about how to not only survive the menopause but to thrive too. Andrea is warm, kind and lovely and it’s like sitting down with a good friend who has the best advice.” (Suzy Walker, Editor-in-Chief of Psychologies magazine)
“An inspiration.” (The Lady)
“Invaluable tips and tricks.” (Prima)
“Forget the hours of searching for mixed messages on Dr Google – when it comes to the menopause, this book tells you everything you need to know.” (Jane Moore, journalist and broadcaster)
“This book is so perfect! I have bought it as a gift for many of my friends. They have then, in turn, given it to others. It’s been written so honestly and carefully by someone I know and trust. No one else has covered all the areas that Andrea does in her book and covered them so fully and in such an appealing and funny way.” (Gaby Roslin, TV and radio presenter)
“Andrea has put her heart and soul into this book … a bible for all things menopause.” (Nadia Sawalha, TV presenter and chef)
“I’ve bought this book for three of my close friends for Christmas. It’s such an honest and refreshing read that really helps you to understand the menopause.” (Denise van Outen, TV and radio presenter, actress)
“Consider this book a very dear friend as you navigate the menopause… It’ll hold your hand through the difficult bits and keep you smiling through the rest.” (Kaye Adams, broadcaster)
“As a young-ish woman experiencing the bewildering, unsettling and sometimes extreme symptoms of peri menopause, all I’ve wanted is to be able to talk to a girl friend who understands the journey. Someone who’s been there, seen it, done that. Someone who can hold your hand, tell you not to worry, and reassure you that you’ll come though the other side in time. That is exactly what Andrea has achieved with Confessions of a Menopausal Woman. Her warmth and characteristic sensitivity shine through in her honest account of her own suffering – not to be a bleeding heart, but to be a guiding light for other women who are right behind her. Part memoir, part self-help, this book is must-have-menopause-manual for every girl who wants to feel her best in a time of change.” (Anna Richardson, TV presenter, writer, mental health warrior)
The menopause. There – we’ve said it. It’s a huge part of every woman’s life and yet it remains one of society’s last taboos. An emotionally complex issue that can trigger a whole host of physical and mental side effects, it’s a big deal. So why aren’t we talking about it?
Talking about stuff is what women do best; we share and offload, we laugh and we bond over the ridiculous and incredible things our bodies go through. Hearing other people’s experiences is what makes our own so much more bearable – because we know that we aren’t alone. This is the book that Andrea McLean wished for as she found herself in uncharted territory, grappling with the physical aftershock of a hysterectomy and the psychological fallout of a difficult menopause.
After announcing live on Loose Women that she would be absent from the screen as she recovered from surgery, Andrea was inundated with letters from other women struggling with the realities of the menopause, who were delighted that someone was finally talking openly and frankly about it. Typically candid, and including tips and tricks on diet, exercise and even your sex life, in Confessions of a Menopausal Woman Andrea brings her trademark humour and honesty to a very hot topic
From GMTV weathergirl to Loose Women anchor, Andrea McLean has become one of our most-loved TV presenters. But for years her famous smile has been concealing some devastating secrets. With heartbreaking honesty she opens up about the end of her first marriage and how, on the edge of a breakdown, she found herself juggling her demanding career with raising her son alone. When her second marriage also fell apart – in the glare of the media spotlight – it seemed her life had really hit rock bottom.
In her fully updated autobiography, Andrea writes movingly about her joys and sorrows, and about coming to terms with being a single mum again. She describes how she learns that messing up doesn’t mean you’re wicked – just human. And she takes us behind the scenes at GMTV, Dancing on Ice and Loose Women to reveal that television can be a treacherous place for a good girl!