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Break Up. Break Down. Break Through.
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Geoff Olds
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Break Up. Break Down. Break Through.

Geoff Olds



Poetry by individual poets;
Fiction & Literature;
Mind, Body, Spirit: thought & practice


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Break Up. Break Down. Break Through. is a must-read for anyone who has loved and lost. Geoff Olds makes himself entirely vulnerable in this raw articulation of his journey from rock bottom to rebirth. Powerful, honest and confronting, this collection of poems and musings is likely to lead you on your own path to bettering yourself.

From the very beginning, Olds bleeds onto the page in a way that is powerful and poetic. You will journey with him through his darkest moments, witnessing his battle with hedonism, rejection, divorce and depression. Then hold your breath as he fearlessly fights to rise from the ashes.

His willingness to blazingly share it all - his grief, shame, despair and self-deprecation - will leave you feeling uncomfortable, yet unable to put the book down. Olds shares every part of his suffering, so you get a sense you're reading from his personal diary. Prepare to be provoked by a book that will stir many things in you - sadness, shock, sympathy, self-reflection.

Part 1: Break Up will undoubtedly hit home for anyone who has experienced the collapse of a relationship. With heavy words and heaving pages, Olds pours out his lament without holding back. The depth of his grief will leave you pausing for breath after each page.

In Part 2: Break Down, Olds wrestles with his inner demons. Held under the weight of self-loathing and self-destruction, he invites you to be privy to his deepest and darkest moments. It's in these pages that you realise Olds is not just a brilliant poet, but a brilliant mind. He dissects his consciousness in a way that many people would not be capable of (or fearless enough to) and articulates it in a masterful, tangible way.

By the time you reach Part 3: Break Through, it's clear how necessarily vivid the former verses needed to be. After experiencing the depth of his agony, his rebirth is all the more powerful. Here in these moments of redemption, Olds shifts his tone from confronting to cathartic. It's a shining message of hope, hard work and hanging on - no matter what - and will resonate with anyone who has suffered.

As a successful entrepreneur and advocate for men's mental health, Geoff Olds is well equipped to tell this story. The reader is forced to open themselves up and prepare for their own personal journey of reconciliation. The brilliance of this book lies in its ability to inspire a 'phoenix-like rising from the ashes' moment in anyone.

By:   Geoff Olds
Imprint:   Godsforge
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   322g
ISBN:   9780648367901
ISBN 10:   0648367908
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Geoff Olds has been an avid writer and poet since early teenage years. Over the past 15 years, he has focused his energy on building technology businesses, speaking at events and working as a volunteer counsellor. Break Up. Break Down. Break Through. is a personal collection of poetry and writings on love - each entirely raw and honest. It is Geoff's first published work, soon to be followed by his novel Death of an Entrepreneur. Geoff spends his spare time practicing martial arts, writing, travelling and helping others, which he believes is the greatest way a person can live a meaningful life. You can read more at

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