The Year of the End (Hardback)

A Memoir of Marriage, Truth and Fiction

Anne Theroux

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'Scorching … a brave book.' Helen Brown, Telegraph

'A wise and vivid memoir of a disintegrating marriage and a study of the role of the spouse in the life of a literary giant.' Fiona Sturges, i Paper

18TH JANUARY 1990

Paul left today at 8am.

We had been married just over 22 years. The previous evening we had gone out to eat at a local restaurant, where we drank champagne and reminisced. In a short story which he wrote about that final evening of a marriage, the central characters talk wittily and poignantly about the explorer Sir Richard Burton and the sad, misunderstood wife who burnt his books.

The reality was different.

'This memoir is based on the diary I kept during 1990, the year that my first marriage came to an end.'

After 22 years, spent across four continents, with two children – Louis and Marcel – in 1990 Anne and Paul Theroux decided to separate. For that year, Anne – later a professional relationship therapist herself – kept a diary, noting not only her day-to-day experiences as a busy freelance journalist and broadcaster, but the contrasts in her feelings between despairing grief and hope for a new future.

With reflections on truth and fiction, literature and art, and the nature of marriage, alongside commentary on notable political and cultural events, and interviews with prominent writers of the time, including Kingsley Amis and Barbara Cartland, The Year of the End offers a unique insight into the unravelling of a relationship and the attempt to rebuild a life.



Anne Theroux has spent much of her life as a journalist and broadcaster, predominantly at the BBC World Service, where among other things she was Head of Features and Arts for six years. From 1992 to 2016 she trained and worked as a relationship therapist.


A wise and vivid memoir of a disintegrating marriage and a study of the role of the spouse in the life of a literary giant.Fiona Sturgesi Paper
Completely addictive. It made me want to go and hang out in her kitchen!Sam Baker
A delicate account of a break-up.Eva WisemanObserver
Dignified and moving.Rachel Cooke, Guardian
Candid … mellow, and wise.Irish Independent
Scorching … a brave book.Helen BrownTelegraph
Brave, honest, sad, funny, truthful and a striking insight into the reality of the literary life.Nicholas Rankin, Writer and Broadcaster
In the portrait of a fractured marriage, and reflections on being married to an artist, the page comes alive.The Herald

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ISBN: 9781785787393

Price: 12.99 GBP

Pages: 256

Publication date: 08/07/2021

Category: Memoir

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