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Turns Out, I'm Fine: How Not To Fall Apart

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Judith Lucy was just Great!

Sure, the last remaining member of her immediate family had died, she was menopausal, she suspected her career was in the shitter and it seemed like the world was going to hell in a handbasket – but she was about to move in with the love of her life! Everything would work out because SHE HAD A MAN.

Then, in the space of twenty-four hours, her rela
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Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 7th 2021 by Simon & Schuster Australia
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Carolyn
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Judith Lucy doesn’t hold back in documenting her relationships with men, whether it be appalling boyfriends, her father or brother, straight white men who don’t get her brand of humour or gay men who do. She has a lot going on in her head and this book provides a journey through her self-destruction, then acceptance and finding a way forward. It’s not all laugh out loud funny but there is her characteristic humour throughout and she’s a talented writer. It was a very enjoyable read and as a cont ...more
Peter Kane
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly honest and brave, Judith is so much more than a comedian. She writes in her own voice, a voice that goes where only she could. I have read a few of her other books and whilst they were good, this is her best. I listened to this as an audio book and her performance equaled her writing. Cannot recommend highly enough and I am an old, straight, white guy 😁
Virginia Dooley
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Both entertaining and a salve for the soul. Beats reading a self-help book. Judith Lucy provides a hilarious recount of a shit few years as she hits middle age and what she did to dig herself out of the hole of overwhelming grief and sadness. All told through a feminist lens. Fuck the patriarchy.
Steph
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Loved this honest, funny, moving but ultimately uplifting memoir. Judith's narration of the audiobook is excellent, making it feel like an extended sit down chat. Aging, anxiety, sex, relationships, grief, death, climate change and self purpose all explored, with just the right amount of wry laughs sprinkled throughout. I will be pushing this book into people's hands. ...more
Eve Dangerfield
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very sweet. Judith Lucy makes me excited to get older and care even less than I do now.
Lisa Magliano
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I expected a laugh and I did snort like a pig but Turns out ,I’m Fine was confronting and beautiful . Judith Lucy is open and blunt , she shares heartbreak and joy .
Ryan Buckby
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Judith Lucy's memoir is funny, honest and true to herself which made for a really good read and i devoured the book in one sitting.

I've grown up with Judith Lucy and i find her to be one of the funnier aussie comedians and very few that i can actually stand and find funny. She drives humor from her own life and tries to make light of serious situations while also trying not to hide or shy away from talking about the real issues as well. Her writing was done beautifully and her humor just comes
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Nicole Maree Foster
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you can listen to the audio book do it!
Alexandra Geneve
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on Audible in order to hear Judith Lucy read it in her inimitable voice and wasn’t disappointed. Laugh out loud and filled with pathos, so much resonated for me that I listened to it in the car, when cooking, and relaxing in bed. It was a bit of joy every day. Thank you for writing this, Ms Lucy!
Lucy Bloom
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Judith is not just a comedian. She’s a very good writer. She goes deep into subjects that many won’t touch: death, sex, menopause, relationship breakdowns, finding yourself. Bravo!
Davey de Mestre
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judith Lucy became one of my favourite authors the minute I opened ‘The Lucy Family Alphabet’ and I have read all of her books since. But her latest, ‘Turns Out I’m Fine: How Not to Fall Apart’ is her best work yet. This book perfectly captures the dizzying highs and crashing lows of growing up, with piercing clarity. I expect laughter when I read a Judith Lucy book but here, I got life lessons and a deeply reflective reading experience. All this, told with a beautiful balance of scathing sarcas ...more
The Book Squirrel
2 1/2 - 4 stars for various parts.

I'm a firm believer in listening to the audio when an autobiography is narrated by the author. I find it more authentic.

Judith is candid in talking about
- her many bad relationships
- being adopted
- her biological and adopted mothers
- the dysfunctional relationship her father had with her mother
- the search for her biological father
- drinking, drugs
- going through menopause (this is much of the book)
- having her genitals sculpured (this is in extensive detail)
- h
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Hala
Apr 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Judith Lucy has certainly never been backwards about coming forward in all aspects of her life, be it the personal or the professional. Her stand up comedy has extensively mined her colorful family history and often disastrous relationships with men, which are re-examined here in the light of the #metoo movement. Lucy doesn't hold back in letting us in on all the sex and drugs of the touring comedians life. The other side to this is how she tries to make sense recent events in her life, the deat ...more
Jen McRae
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had only recently discovered that Judith Lucy was like me, an adoptee from WA. Having not read her other 2 books yet I gleefully grabbed this her most recent work from my local bookshop.
Judith’s writing, her voice is super conversational and makes this book an enjoyable read. There’s a flow that takes the reader on a journey through the mindful musings of this iconic comedian.
As I read I waited earnestly for Judith to speak of how adoption was also part of her personal unravelling at 50. Whil
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Kerry Cashman
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Judith writes with a sharp wit and intelligence from cover to cover. Cracked me up numerous times and had me wishing she was in my friend circle. Judith covers subjects from menopause, boyfriends, cosmetic enhancements plus more. Her family has played a significant part throughout her life. Rehashing memories of her childhood and teens and the impact it has on the woman that she is today is very revealing. She's a gifted writer and you can certainly hear her voice as you flick through each page. ...more
Joy Reddy
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Every young woman should read this book as they seem to take feminism and what it has done for females for granted. Most men would benefit from reading it too. "You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space ...more
Ika Willis
May 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
Audible has been aggressively marketing this to me for ages (yes, thank you Audible, I am in my late 40s and not in the most robust mental health, well spotted) so I got it out of the library when I spotted it on the FastBack shelf. There were lots of details that I related to, and I thought all Lucy's ideas/conclusions/thoughts about how to live through (and learn from) a mid-life crisis were pretty spot-on, but I don't like stand-up comedy as a genre and I like it even less translated to the p ...more
Annette Chidzey
May 20, 2021 rated it liked it
This gift for the most recent Mother’s Day was an enjoyable and entertaining read. Judith Lucy, is in her own right, a very funny comedienne and many parts of this account had me laughing both inwardly and out loud. However, it was her insights and self-deprecating appreciation of her own human flaws and individual limitations that struck a more lasting chord with me and that will remain in my memory long after this reading encounter has ended.
This is another example of the frustrations with th
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Kim Johnstone
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big Judith Lucy fan since arriving in Australia and falling in love with this woman the same age as me talking truth to my dating life and the world we women move through and making me laugh - a lot. Now 51 she's still talking truth about about life, men, ageing, climate change. I loved this honest book that resonated so much personally and made me think about some of the things I'm doing in my own life. And it made me laugh. ...more
Georgia H
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic - a clear sighted, warm and compassionate look at a pivotal point in her life. I think this will resonate with a lot of people, a bit of a revelation, really. Highly recommend to anyone thinking ‘what now?’, especially in the light of the post pandemic future. Whenever that is.
Lisa
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Judith Lucy certainly has a way with words. But this funny woman has shone a bright light on how many of us feel. From family, death, sex (or lack of) and all the bits in between Thanks Judith! It was brilliant!
Alexandra
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Judith Lucy might be my spirit animal. I have loved her since she joined The Late Show. The only think missing from this book is the chapter on her passionate love affair with Mick Malloy 😁
I listened to the audiobook read by Judith herself. Extra brilliant.
Julie Merrifield
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Typical Judith Lucy - I could hear her voice telling her stories! Beware though, if you don’t like very bad language, because the book is full of it. Judy tells some very personal accounts with no holds barred.
Melanie Hunt
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I do a love spending quality time with Judith Lucy, particularly via podcast and/or audiobook. This is latest turnout from Lucy is no exception. My only criticism is that much of the content, particularly in the latter half, is rehashed from her podcast series 'Overwhelmed and Dying'. ...more
Anthea
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Hilarious, moving and poignant.
Heulwen Sweet
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gripping life story. Had to have several cups of tea to cope. Laughed as I winced. Made me suddenly release just how brilliant this person is.
Jessica
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️s. Paired with her wonderful wit, Judith Lucy was raw and honest in this new memoir. Will always love listening to and reading her stuff!!
Jolanka
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful.
Missyd
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Listened to this on audio book and it was great to hang with the amazing, fabulous, funny, open, thoughtful Judith Lucy.
Sally Mattner
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Funny, devastating, insightful and inspiring.
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Judith Lucy is one of Australia’s most popular comedians. Her work in radio, television, film and her sell out national tours have made Judith Lucy a household name.

She first hit the scene in 1989 as a stand-up but sprang to national prominence in 1993 as part of the cast of ABC TV’s, The Late Show. She did a tour of duty on Triple J and was a regular on Martin/Molloy. Her live stage shows have be
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