Inspired by her own long-term struggles with an eating disorder, Liz Jones’ debut comic novel Eight and a Half Stone is an honest look at how women view their bodies, and themselves.
– Eight and a Half Stone
I am delighted to be on tour today with Eight and a Half Stone by author, and renowned columnist, Liz Jones. It was released in ebook on 12th April with Matthew James Publishing.
Eight and a Half Stone is a book that has received some wonderful advance reviews with Deborah Ross of The Times stating that it is ‘wonderfully witty and painfully honest – I couldn’t stop reading.’ and Allison Pearson of The Daily Telegraph saying that ‘Liz Jones is a fearless, funny truth teller about the female condition. 8 and a half stone will bring comfort and joy to fans of her column and to anyone who ever removed their contact lenses to weigh less as they step on those tyrannical scales.’
Eight and a Half Stone is set in the fashion industry and follows the journey of a woman who measures her happiness against an ultimate goal of reaching a weight of 8 and a half stone, and her struggles in society- through work, relationships, infidelity and body image. I think many of us will connect with much of what Liz Jones describes within the pages.
Due to the current global crisis the publication date was brought forward for Eight and a Half Stone so I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read it. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Liz Jones’s columns over the years so I do hope to get to my copy as soon as I can.
A very thought-provoking read I expect and one I am very much looking forward to. I hope this little teaser grabs your attention, I know it does mine!!
[ About the Book ]
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.
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
[ Bio ]
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.
Twitter ~ @LizJonesGoddess