In this searing, frank and funny memoir, Catherine Simpson describes what it’s been like to live in her woman’s body, and to reach the realisation that all that time she’d spent trying to change her body to conform - often to unattainable standards - could be seen from a completely different perspective.
By the time she reached her fifties, Catherine Simpson and her body had gone through a lot together—from period pain and early menopause to shaming and harassment. But there had been success, joy, love, and laughter too: far more freedoms than her mother had, a fulfilling family life and career, and even the promise of further gains for her daughters.
So when a cancer diagnosis upends her life, Catherine is forced to reflect on her body, then and now. From growing up on a farm where veterinarians were more common than doctors, and where illness was “a nuisance,” she finds herself faced with the nuisance of a lifetime.
One Body is the demystifying, relatable, often hilarious and sometimes hair-raising story of how Catherine navigates her treatment and takes stock of the emotions and reflections it provokes. And how she comes to appreciate the skin she is in—to be grateful for her body and all that it does and is.
“Simpson movingly recounts her experience … in this exquisite memoir … by turns witty and frank … It’s this candor that makes Simpson’s narrative shine.” Publishers Weekly
“A joyful, angry, beautiful air-punch of a book, and so truthful—I felt as though each word was written on my own body.” Kirstin Innes, author of Fishnet
“Funny, bold, wry and, at times, enraging in the best possible way, this exploration … [is] imbued with spirit and a real passion for life.” Mary Paulson-Ellis, Times-bestselling author of The Other Mrs Walker
Praise for earlier work:“Riveting … compassionate and beadily observed.” Observer
“A superb memoir.” Sunday Times
“Unsentimental, witty … gripping and heart-wrenching.” Mail