Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Adventures in the Ordinary

by Rebecca Front

'Hilarious' The Times
'I was completely captivated' David Sedaris

People are odd. Even the most predictable of us sometimes defy expectations. Add to that the tricks that life plays on us and the world suddenly seems full of impossible things.

As an award-winning actor and writer, Rebecca Front has always been fascinated by life's little quirks. Impossible Things Before Breakfast is a collection of true stories about surprising turns of events, bizarre misunderstandings and improbable life lessons. We learn, among other things, how gazing at the stars can help you communicate with teenagers, how a mushroom can undermine an ancient ritual, and why everyone should wear a cape.

Combining elegant writing, wry humour and genuine insight, this brilliant collection prises open the lid on ordinary life and feasts on the impossible.


  • Orion Publishing Group; June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780297870258
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Impossible Things Before Breakfast
  • Author: Rebecca Front
  • Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

About The Author

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA-winning actress and the author of CURIOUS and IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST. She is best known for her work on television, both in comedies such as THE THICK OF IT, KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE, NIGHTY NIGHT and THE DAY TODAY, and in such dramas as LEWIS, WAR AND PEACE, QUEERS and POLDARK. With her brother Jeremy she stars in BBC Radio 4's INCREDIBLE WOMEN, and she is a frequent panellist on THE NEWS QUIZ. Her columns have appeared in the GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES and many other publications. Born and raised in East London, she read English at Oxford and was the first female president of the Oxford Revue.