Peter Urpeth talks to comedian, podcaster and author Rosie Wilby following the recent publication of her new book ‘The Breakup Monologues - The Unexpected Joy of Heartbreak’ (Green Tree).
This discussion focuses on Rosie’s writing process, how she handles writing frank and personally revealing material and how she sets about integrating scientific research, comedy and autobiographical material into a highly engaging, surprisingly informative, reflective and entertaining narrative by the self-confessed ‘serial monogamist’.
The book charts a personal journey as Rosie attempts to assimilate advice and ideas in order to not break up with Girlfriend, her partner of nearly three years. Will this self-confessed breakup addict, finally settle down?
If that sounds dry, we’ll take a listen -
In 2011, comedian and podcaster Rosie Wilby was dumped by email... though she did feel a little better about it after correcting her ex's spelling and punctuation. Obsessing about breakups ever since, she embarked on a quest to investigate, understand and conquer the psychology of heartbreak.
This book is a love letter to her breakups, a celebration of what they have taught her peppered with anecdotes from illustrious friends and interviews with relationship therapists, scientists and sociologists about separating in the modern age of ghosting, breadcrumbing and conscious uncoupling.
Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman's Hour, Loose Ends, Midweek, The Human Zoo and Four Thought. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? followed her TEDx talk of the same name and a trilogy of internationally-acclaimed solo shows investigating the psychology of love and relationships.
Rosie also presents The Breakup Monologues podcast, which was nominated for a British Podcast Award and has been recommended by Chortle, BBC Radio 4, The Observer, Metroand Time Out. She writes for publications including the Guardian, Cosmo, The Sunday Times and New Statesman and regularly appears as a commentator on sexuality, dating and love on radio and TV programmes including Good Morning Britain.