BESTIE love, the sisterhood and eight stages of divorce form the basis of author Beverly Ligman’s first book Welcome to D-Town: A guide to divorce for the kind of young and still kind of hot.
The 42-year-old journalist and fashion and lifestyle blogger launched her uplifting, funny and insightful go-to guide earlier this month in the hope it would help others going through a similar situation.
“Well, there’s a guide to everything else in life right, so why not a guide to divorce?” she said.
“As I was going through my own divorce, I realised there was no ‘guide’ to give you hope and help you through it, so I decided to write one.
“It’s a spectacularly terrible time for a lot of people.
“Basically, if my book helps even one person through it, then it’s done its job.
“I wish this book had been around when I was going through it.”
Written in first-person, the City of Bayswater communications officer’s book includes handy advice, tips and tricks to help the broken-hearted navigate the eight stages of divorce.
“It was very cathartic,” she said.
“It’s a stressful time and people don’t really know what to say to you to make you feel better. It’s a very personal journey and it’s different for everyone, but writing about it was great therapy for me.
“It’s written in eight stages and yes, it is tongue in cheek, but it’s also very heartfelt and funny in places.
“I wrote them as I was going through them and because of that, it’s very raw and honest. I think just knowing that you’re not alone helps immensely.”
Ligman hoped the book would be the first of many but for now she wanted to bring divorce out into the open, share her own experience and offer hope to others.