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Some Body to Love


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A life-affirming and important memoir about the changing shape of gender and society from a popular and beloved author

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Alexandra Heminsley is an author, ghostwriter, journalist, broadcaster and speaker particularly known for encouraging women to enjoy sport and fitness. Her bestselling books include Running Like a Girl and Leap In. She lives in Hove with her son, and proudly co-parents her LGBT+ family.


Heartbreak and happiness sit in tandem in Alexandra Heminsley's wise and generous book . . . . As Alex slowly reconciles herself to the loss of a husband, she recognises that the three of them will still be a family and that, despite the trauma, she is once again happy in her own skin -- Eithne Farry * Daily Mirror *
Staggering . . . This is a world turned upside down . . . Heminsley is unflinching in her exploration of her feelings . . . Her Hollywood ending is her realisation that she doesn't have to blame herself for her situation; rather it is society's fault for creating a world where people like D are scared to express their gender identity -- Daisy Goodwin * Sunday Times *
Generous, calm and thoughtful . . . Some Body to Love argues cogently for greater openness and understanding towards different gender expressions . . . also page-turningly compelling -- Holly Williams * Observer *
This insightful memoir covers some hefty subjects -- gender identity, body image, infertility, divorce -- with wisdom and grace * Good Housekeeping *
A vital call for compassion and awareness . . . a hugely hopeful and deftly written book - and one that might encourage greater empathy in how we respond to all kinds of difference -- Gwendolyn Smith * i *
Breathtakingly honest, warm and generous, Some Body To Love is a testament to how family and love can be whatever shape we want them to be -- Sarra Manning * Red *
This memoir is going to change a lot of people's lives, and I think it's going to change the conversation -- Damian Barr * Big Scottish Book Club *
A brave, thoughtful and timely book -- calming and inspiring on our different relationships with our bodies, and vitally compassionate on trans rights -- Naomi Alderman
Insightful and wise, generous and kind -- David Nicholls
A treatise on empathy and grace in extraordinary circumstances -- Jojo Moyes
It took my breath away . . . It's such a beautiful book, so full of compassion and kindness even in its furious honesty . . . You are going to love it * Bryony Gordon *
A book about how a personal crisis caused someone to open up rather than shut down . . . really admirable and carefully done . . . on bodies, families, gender identity, bravery -- Amy Liptrot
Wise, kind, funny, sad and beautifully written. Everyone who occupies a human body should read it -- Erin Kelly
Fabulous . . . Sensitively and cleverly written . . . remarkable -- Judy Murray
The most moving and real account of a person's relationship with their body I have ever read... A book with a wild, deep, joyous, tender love of people at its heart -- Emma Jane Unsworth

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