Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Author Helps You Grin and Bear It

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Author Helps You Grin and Bear It

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A COUNSELLOR has written a light-hearted self-help book from the perspective of the knitted teddy bears she sells as a hobby.

Figen Murray's 'Bears Have Issues Too' comprises 16 short stories, each written for adults from the perspective of a toy bear struggling with a problem common to many of us, from anxiety to hoarding and anger issues. Narrators include Claudia, who is suffering from stress at work; Sean, who is anxious about coming out; Claude, who is a pornography addict; and Juliet, a single mother whose husband recently died.

Each story explores how the bear experiences and overcomes their problems, helping readers to do the same by explaining the theory behind them.

Figen, 56, said: "We all have our issues, and the next crisis or life event is often just around the corner. …

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