I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to post this on here – on the blog that started everything in the first place. If you follow me on social media or get my email newsletter**, you’ll know by now that I’ve been keeping a secret.
Just over a year ago, I started writing a book. A book about everything that happened on the road to having a baby. A book about miscarriage. A book about how society treats miscarriage – or, more to the point, doesn’t treat miscarriage.
I’m beyond excited (and, naturally, SICK with nerves) to finally be able to tell you about it.
Here it is: Life, Almost: Miscarriage, misconceptions, and a search for answers from the brink of motherhood. It’s being published on February 9th 2023 by Transworld.
It’s available to pre-order now (from Amazon, Waterstones, Bookshop.org, WH Smith – and possibly some others I haven’t found yet).
I plan on telling you lots more about it, as publication approaches. But for now, here is a little snippet from my original pitch to publishers:
‘Part memoir, part scientific investigation, Life, Almost is a book that will change the way you think about miscarriage. It begins as I find out I am pregnant for the fifth time, after four miscarriages and four years of trying for a baby… It is a book in search of answers to bigger questions – and where none can be found, it will demand to know why we can’t do better… Now that we’re talking about miscarriage, we should also be asking why we don’t know more about it: from why miscarriages happen in the first place and the lingering psychological effects, to who it is more likely to affect and how it can be prevented.’
If this sounds like your kind of thing, it would mean so much to me if you were able to pre-order it. And most importantly, thank you for reading this blog over the years and supporting what I do – or try to do – here. It honestly means more than I can express in words (and I’ve written a lot of those by now….)
** Speaking of the email newsletter, I am attempting to amalgamate all of my content – social media posts, writing for this website, journalism, book stuff – into one place, partly to ease the rather clumsy mental juggling act I’ve been doing over the last year or so. My plan is that it will all cross-pollinate, but if you want to make sure you don’t miss a post or piece of writing, do subscribe to my substack newsletter (you can do this here) it’s free, although there are options for extra paid-for content, including audio posts, which you can add to your podcast feed. I’ll be completely upfront and say this is all a bit of an ongoing experiment, but in essence nothing’s really changing, I’m still writing and plan to keep on doing so!
Amazing well done
Please tell me it’ll be sold in the US??