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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,726 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Forrest Narrator: Emma Forrest Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms. A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Emma Forrest is an incredibly gifted writer, who crafted the living daylights out of every sentence in this unforgettable memoir. I can’t remember the last time I ever read such a blistering, transfixing story of obsession, heartbreak, and slow, stubborn healing.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

  • “A brilliantly realized memoir of surprise and startling beauty.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A testament to Forrest’s skill…[she is] a talented, intense woman.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Emma Forrest reads her memoir with wide shifts in tone that represent her emotional swings as she pursues a path towards mental health.”


  • “Emma Forrest is as hilarious as she is wise. And did I mention generous? Unlike most memoirs this is not merely a song of oneself, but a debt of gratitude repaid to an incredible man—her psychiatrist. Your Voice In My Head is touching, funny, and very real.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story

  • “I read Your Voice in My Head in one sitting, by turns laughing out loud, gasping with recognition, and fighting to hold back tears—and wondering, of course, who is Emma Forrest and how is she able to write with such enormous wit and bravery about subjects most folks can’t muster the courage to bring up in conversation: suicide, self-loathing, loneliness, depression, mania, and, most of all, love inexplicably lost.”

    Joanna Smith Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age

  • “Forrest’s insightful and snappily-written account of her lengthy battles against depression, self-harm, damaging relationships, and potato-based fried snacks is heartfelt and touching and surprisingly funny.”

    Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine

  • “A bittersweet love letter…It is a brilliant read.”

    Sunday Times Style (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/20/2014

    " I just loved this book. It's an interesting memoir. . but powerful. It took a bit to get used to the writing as the author is British...but a woman struggling with a psychiatric illness is suicidal and meets an amazing psychiatrist, only to have him unexpectedly die. How she in the end helps heal herself, her self deprecation is just amazing. Now I sort of feel like I have "your voice in my head", esp the part where the psychiatrist tells her she just needs to hang on a little bit longer. Powerful. (and if you are wondering who the GH, gypsy husband is, it's colin farrel). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Micki | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed this book.... But felt like she defined herself a lot by the men in her life... And she is not very good at picking out men. She is drawn to the creative crazy sort. I also felt a little like, though she never names the guys, in the age of google she wanted us to know that she was the true love of his life for one of the men. , regardless of who he goes on to have kids with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/28/2014

    " Hard to put down, and hard to describe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arlette Suarez | 1/24/2014

    " Favorite book, ever. "

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About the Author

Emma Forrest is the author of several novels and editor of the nonfiction essay collection Damage Control. Raised in London, she now lives in Los Angeles, where she is a screenwriter.