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PUBLICATION DATE: April 7, 2022
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By (author) Catherine Simpson
By the time she reached her fifties, Catherine Simpson and her body had gone through a lot together – from period pain, an abortion 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 the promise of more gains for her daughters.So when a cancer diagnosis upends her life, Catherine is forced to reflect on her body, then and now. From having been brought up on a farm where vets 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 candid, searing and often darkly funny story of how Catherine navigates her treatment and takes stock of the emotions and reflections it provokes, until her cancer is in remission. And how she comes to appreciate the skin she is in – to be grateful for her body and all that it does and is.
Reviews of One Body
'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 'A vivid framing of the mystery, confusion and even terror tangled up with our young bodies in the '70s.' — Mary Anne Hobbs 'By turns poignant and searingly honest, this book is a wise and witty reflection on all that it means to have a body.' — Claire Askew "I love Catherine Simpson's work … One Body is … the story of what it is like to exist in a woman's body. It's fresh, insightful and moving, and it's a book that every man should read." — Graeme Macrae Burnet 'Funny, bold, wry and, at times, enraging in the best possible way, this exploration … has an incredible energising quality … imbued with spirit and a real passion for life.' — Mary Paulson-Ellis
Catherine Simpson is a novelist, journalist, poet and short story writer based in Edinburgh. Her memoir When I Had a Little Sister was published by 4th Estate in February 2019 to great acclaim, and her debut novel Truestory was published in 2015. In 2013 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for the opening chapters of Truestory. Her work has been published in various anthologies and magazines, published online and broadcast on BBC Radio. Born on a Lancashire dairy farm, she is now based in Edinburgh.