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Publisher's Summary

From Rick Morton, the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt comes a dazzlingly brilliant book about love, trauma, and recovery, My Year of Living Vulnerably.

'Wonderfully readable and wide-ranging exploration of the visible and invisible touchstones of our lives...this is nourishing reading for our lonely, frightening, and fraught times. Part self-help book, part treatise on the importance of love, kindness, and forgiveness...Morton is a national treasure and we need more like him." (Books+Publishing)

In early 2019, Rick Morton, author of acclaimed, best-selling memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt, was diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder - which, as he says, is just a fancy way of saying that one of the people who should have loved him the most during childhood didn't.

So, over the course of 12 months, he went on a journey to rediscover love. To get better. Not cured, not fixed. Just, better. This is a book about his journey to betterness, his year of living vulnerably. It's a book about love. What love is, how we see it, what forms it takes, how we practice it in our lives, what it means to us, and how we really, really can't live without it, even if, like Rick for many years, we think we can.

As he says: "People think they want cars - and they do, to get to jobs and appointments in cities and regions where public transport has failed them. But what gets them into those cars, out of the house, out of bed for God's sake, is love."

"Read this investigation because it will remind you of how optimism and love work together. Read it because your heart has been broken somewhere along the line and you need to know how to mend. Read this book because Rick Morton is the bloke we all need in our life to show us it is going to be okay." (Readings)

"Wryly comic, hard-thought and deeply-felt.... It is a heartbreaking book, but a beguiling and necessary one. And a work far wiser than the modesty of its author would allow." (The Saturday Paper)

"One of the many charms of Morton's seductively clever book is the treasure trove of scientific, philosophic, and literary observations, scattered throughout its pages, like beacons.... This is a significant book, to be read, dipped into, put aside and then revisited. Morton writes with grace, enlivened by vivid imagery and spontaneous wit." (The Canberra Times)

©2021 Rick Morton (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Essential

Each page is a mirror that left me nowhere to hide.
Required reading for anyone who wants to understand Australia and what it does particularly to its men.

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Left wanting

I felt myself wanting more from this. I had expected something more raw and I regrettably did not connect with a lot of what Morton wrote. I think that’s what it comes down to here, after reading other reviews. Some people appear to have connected with what he wrote, but even I, as a gay man in his 30s who also suffers from CPTSD could not connect with it.
The chapters on kindness and disorder were most interesting, as were the opening chapters. But I felt a lot of Morton’s humanity, while peppered throughout, was diluted by verbosity and honestly, an excruciating use of simile. Seriously, it was a bit much for me.

This is a situation where I’d like to know what his intentions were here. What did he get out of this, and what does he perceive this book to be? It seemed like he saw this as a very personal account of this “year of living vulnerably” but I didn’t get that at all.
Ah well, you win lose you some some.

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amazing words.

I loved every minute and I cried when it was over. I'm sad that it's finished and I eagerly await his next words.

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Funny and fascinating and moving

I never wanted this book to end. Beautifully written and read. I learned heaps! bravo.

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Excellent narration from the author

Rick Morton’s latest book is a feat of vulnerability, an ode to love (in all its forms), and somehow both deeply invested in unfolding the intricacies of human pain while very often being snort-out-loud funny. Definitely recommend this recording, too.

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An important book by a wonderful writer

Rick shares with us his struggles with complex PTSD with bravery, honesty and most of all, humour. He is a remarkable human being

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Ooh love

LOVE hurts, it makes my cry, it keeps me going. Finished the book in the first lockdown, in one day

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fantastic

A brilliant book. an amazing journey, one which comforted me in my own journey. Thank you for being so honest. you are beautiful.

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Great Book

A good follow on from 100 Years of Dirt. Interesting story of self discovery. Brilliant narration, really brings the book alive. Great for a car journey.

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Many unexpected "Aha" Moments

Listening to Rick's voice narrate his own work as per this Audiobook would be my recommended vehicle for this book. Rick has many nuances in his writing, he is, afterall ,a journalist. It made for engaging listening and also brought through the authenticity of his message, I was right there with you, Rick. More than this was the number of unexpected moments of congruity where his emotional experience mirrors my own exactly, yet our childhood settings could not be more different. I now realise that I too am suffering from complex post traumatic stress, and as Rick points out so correctly, just being able to give your ailment a name brings a type of healing all of it's own. Rick, I want to thank you for being so vulnerable as to reveal your inner most thoughts and 'secrets' to the world. You gave us your heart on a plate and I honour that and thank you. I have listened and re-listened to your book, and am buying a hard copy so I can underline the poignant sections in black and white. This work is well researched and cleverly set out. I hope it becomes a number one seller. You are helping to heal the world one heart at a time. Thank you.

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