Notes to Self


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The person who loves the addict exhausts and renews their love on a daily basis.

In this vivid and powerful collection of essays, Emilie Pine writes about all the things she shouldn’t say. Addressing addiction, fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression, Notes to Self is raw, funny and honest.

Unsentimental and brave, this startling debut breaks new ground in the field of personal essays.

ISBN: 978-1-9997008-4-3


Praise for Notes to Self

‘Honest, full-voiced … a vital collection.’ Belinda McKeon

‘Do not read this book in public: it will make you cry.’ Anne Enright

‘Emilie Pine is a wise and talented essayist … every line pulses with the pain and the joy and complexity of an extraordinary life.’ Mark O’Connell


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Emilie Pine is Associate Professor in Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely on Irish culture, including reviews for RTÉ’s Arena, Irish Theatre Magazine and the Irish Times. Emilie has contributed to numerous academic publications as well as to the Stinging Fly. She is editor of the Irish University Review. Notes to Self is her first collection of essays.