When I reach eight and a half stone:
- I will be able to shop in Topshop. If only I could fit in a size 10 or an 8, just walk in a shop and not even have to try it on because let’s face it I will be straight up and down, then everything would slot neatly into place, completing the easiest jigsaw puzzle in the world: all straight edges.
- I will be able to go swimming and not displace all the water and create a tsunami.
- I will fit in changing rooms, without banging my elbows or exposing the moon of my arse through the curtain when I bend over.
- I will be able to fit behind the narrow benches at Ronnie Scott’s to listen to jazz instead of being offered a chair, at the end.
- I will be promoted and not have my desk moved to inside the stationery cupboard.
This is quite difficult to review in that it deals with how we perceive ourselves, how we believe if we were thinner, richer, healthier , then all our problems would disappear and we could be happy.
But, the person we are will still be there and until we accept that person in all its shapes and sizes then no amount of changes made to our appearance will make much difference to how we feel.
8 ½ Stone is full of humour and sarcasm, it is also desperately sad at times too. It made me laugh and cry at its honesty. A tale of self acceptance and once we do that life may just be a little easier.
Thank you to Martina at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.
Liz Jones’s novel, Eight and a Half Stone, is out in ebook on 12th April, £8.99, available on all outlets including Apple Books and Kindle. A paperback follows in August
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liz Jones has millions of readers across the world and was shortlisted five times in the last six years as Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards and Columnist of the Year 2012 at the BSME awards. Liz Jones, former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire — where she ran a high profile campaign to ban skinny models — fashion editor at the Daily Mail and now columnist at the Mail on Sunday, grew up in Essex, and suffered from eating disorders from the age of 11 until her late thirties.