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OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

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OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be is a colourful guide to life for young adults from TV and radio personality, journalist and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney. Full of honest advice about the big, bad and beautiful things that growing up is all about: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.

Gemma Cairney is an important advocate for young people and between her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as BBC Radio 1’s resident agony aunt on The Surgery, she is perfectly placed to offer hope and a comforting shoulder to young people - and the people who love them - questioning what life’s all about and dealing with hard times.

With practical help and advice from a range of experts on topics covering ‘Your Heart’, ‘Your Mind’, ‘Your Body & Soul’ and ‘Your World & Your Future’, and illustrations from the hugely talented Aurelia Lange, this bright and colourful book also has a ribbon marker and plenty of space for readers to personalise and make it their own, making OPEN a treasured resource to return to whenever advice is needed, from daily anxieties to life’s biggest dramas.

Gemma Cairney is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, producer and general polymath. She currently presents The Surgery on BBC Radio 1. As the network’s only speech-based show, it focuses on tackling the everyday issues of young people and creating positive social action. She has racked up a breadth of experience across the BBC networks including Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and, most recently, the BBC World Service, and covers Glastonbury each year on BBC1 and BBC2. Gemma is known for her irreverent approach, insatiable appetite for telling stories and sparkling imagination. Outside the BBC she owns her own production company called Boom Shakalaka Productions, where she oversees different audio, visual and arts content. She has edited and written for various publications, including The Pool, Elle, Red, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, the Guardian and The Debrief. She is ‘Artist In Residence’ at The Southbank Centre and is on the committee for Women Of The World Festival. Outside work she loves to DJ garage classics at parties and lives by the sea, where she can be found wild swimming in a tidal pool.

OPEN: A Toolkit For How Magic and Messed up Life Can Be is on sale now priced £12.99.