Alexandra Heminsley is a bestselling author, journalist, broadcaster and speaker. Her work has included writing Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers, interviewing names as diverse as Courtney Love, Billie Jean King and Kate Atkinson, and her work has been nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. She has also written about the incalculable value of LGBT+ families, Valley of the Dolls, and Strictly Come Dancing.

She is author of three books about women, bodies and sport, including bestselling memoir RUNNING LIKE A GIRL, which has now been published in thirteen countries, and the recently published SOME BODY TO LOVE: A Family Story (March 2022). 

She continues to be a sought-after ghost-writer, having co-written Judy Murray’s bestselling and William Hill Sports Book of the Year nominated KNOWING THE SCORE, Sara Davies’ WE CAN ALL MAKE IT, and a handful of other bestsellers. She has also worked with brands such as Nike, American Express and Unilever.  

Her debut novel UNDER THE SAME STARS is published by Little, Brown in July 2022, and her introduction in included in the recent reissue of Jackie Collins’ LOVERS AND GAMBLERS (March 2022), which is being adapted for Netflix by Sarah Phelps.

After 8 years as the books editor at Elle, and 10 years at  BBC Radio 2’s Claudia Winkleman Arts Show, she is now focussed on her own books. She continues to write features and interviews for the nationals including the Guardian, Telegraph and Sunday Times, as well as women’s magazines such as Vogue and Kinfolk magazine.

She regularly chairs author interviews and panels for bookshop and festival events, and has spoken about her own work at several festivals including Latitude and Greenwich. She travelled to Mexico with the British Council in 2015, and was a judge for 2011’s Costa Novel of the Year Award.

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Published in paperback 24th March 2022

‘Extraordinary … truly a love story’ THE TIMES

What does it mean to be a woman? To live in a woman’s body?

Alexandra Heminsley thought she knew, but then her world turned inside out. Having just resurfaced from fertility issues, childbirth and early parenthood, she was told her partner was going to transition.

Some Body to Love is Alexandra’s profoundly open-hearted memoir about losing a partner but gaining a best friend, and together bringing up a baby in a changing world. By baring her own unique scars, Heminsley makes a vital manifesto on the unifying resilience that can be found in modern motherhood.

‘A brave, thoughtful and timely book – calming and inspiring on our different relationships with our bodies, and vitally compassionate on trans rights’ Naomi Alderman

‘Generous, calm and thoughtful … Some Body to Love argues cogently for greater openness and understanding towards different gender expressions …also page-burningly compelling’ OBSERVER

‘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

‘Staggering … Heminsley is unflinching in her exploration of her feelings’ Sunday Times 

‘A treatise on empathy and grace in extraordinary circumstances’ Jojo Moyes

‘Jaw-dropping … Heminsley writes lovingly and thoughtfully in clear, engrossing prose’ INDEPENDENT, Best Memoir of the Year 2021

‘Insightful and wise, generous and kind’ David Nicholls

‘This insightful memoir covers some hefty subjects – gender identity, body image, infertility, divorce – with wisdom and grace’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

‘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

‘A gorgeous open-hearted read but also a vital, instructive one’ Caroline Sanderson, BOOKSELLER

‘Wise, kind, funny, sad and beautifully written. Everyone who occupies a human body should read it’ Erin Kelly

‘Breathtakingly honest … Some Body To Love is a testament to how family and love can be whatever shape we want them to be’ RED magazine

‘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

‘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

‘Fabulous. Sensitively and cleverly written’ Judy Murray


Debut Novel published July 2022

‘Beautifully written, with such heart. Not only did it make me cry, it made me see the world in a different way’

Find escape with the beautiful, moving debut novel from Sunday Times-bestselling author Alexandra Heminsley, a stunning story of sisterhood and wilderness.

Clara Seymour is trying to find her feet in London, living away from home for the first time. Brought up by her domineering mother, treasuring time any time with her adoring father, Clara’s world is brought to a standstill when her dad abruptly dies.

Then, a mystery comes to light in a letter from him.

I am sure you are aware that before I met your mother I had a previous marriage. But what we never discussed is that we had a daughter.

So begins a journey of discovery that takes Clara to remote Norway and a landscape as brutal as it is bewitching, a voyage fraught with personal and emotional danger to reveal who her father really was – and find the sister she’s never met.

A moving story of hope and adventure

Daisy Buchanan

I was gripped from the first page, and crying by the last. Beautiful and bittersweet
Lauren Bravo

An engrossing, inspiring emotional rollercoaster

Keith Stuart


First published in 2013, Running Like a Girl has now been published in thirteen countries including the US (Scribner), the Netherlands (Arbeiderspers) and Spain (Ediciones Urano).

Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you’re in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this is a book for anyone who after wine and crisps for supper a few too many times thinks they might . . . just might . . . like to run like a girl.

“Life affirming, liberating and fun” Jojo Moyes

“Her honesty is winning … What’s truly excellent about this book, though, is its generosity. Heminsley wants to help other women to run” Miranda Sawyer, OBSERVER

“If you’ve ever wept “Why do I want to run?”, your answer is here.” Caitlin Moran

“Candid, funny and inspiring, this is part personal journey, part “how to” guide for female runners.” RUNNERS WORLD

“A meditation (slash romp) on running, life and love. Penned in her own inimitable style, the book is a funny tread through the raft of body insecurities and mental anguish we all go through when we put on our trainers.” GRAZIA 

“An emotional whirlwind split into two perfect halves. First is the story of Heminsley’s own running journey – from being certain that she wasn’t a runner at all, to completing five marathons . . . The second half offers the most practical advice on ‘how to run like a girl’, invaluable, as once you finish the book, even the most unenthusiastic of sportswomen will be longing to pull on the Lycra and run for the hills.” PSYCHOLOGIES 


Believing that a life lived fully isn’t one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced at the fullest, she decided to conquer her fear of wild swimming.

From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming to Ithaca, Alexandra learned to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you’re in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.

“A joy to read . . . another triumph for Heminsley, a champion of sport in the truest sense, and a wonderfully compassionate voice.” (Kat Brown, Daily Telegraph)

“Genuine and persuasive” (Guardian)

“This is a book that turns out to be about everything in life that cannot be calculated. Heminsley responds to life’s uncertainty by becoming decisive: “The grit was in the oyster now. It was the sea versus me…” It sets a remarkable example, and by the end it could not be more obvious: the true grit is not in the oyster but in Heminsley herself.” (Kate Kellaway, Observer)

“Alex Heminsley has the rare gift of being able to take a sport – running or swimming – that most of us find a bit daunting and fill the reader with enthusiasm for it. She comes to sport from the position of the ordinary person – and yet shows that it can change your life in an extraordinary way.” (Jojo Moyes)

“Masterful” (Irish Independent)

“Inspirational and thought-provoking, Leap In is the perfect accompaniment to your New Years Resolutions.” (The Pool)

“A great entry point to the sport, it’s also a searingly honest personal story as she finds solace in the water when faced with tricky times.” (Glamour)

“The ‘woman-versus-sea’ narrative makes the book a page-turner. Heminsley tackles head-on the uncomfortable truth that it’s hard for an adult to get rid of the fears of decades.” (Daily Mail)

Leap In celebrates the glory of swimming.” (New Statesman)

“This is a candid and empowering book. I recommend it.” (Frost Magazine)


Alexandra has over a decade of live radio experience, having been a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show, BBC 5live Simon Mayo books panel and BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and Woman’s Hour.

She has also appeared on television shows such as Richard & Judy, Sky TV’s Angela & Friends and GMTV and presented the YouTube books channel for 60secreviews for four years.

She has been a guest on several podcasts from Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby, to the Audible Official London Marathon Podcast and Katherine May’s The Wintering Sessions. Do get in touch if you would like an interview.

Commercial Projects

As well as her collaborations in the world of books, Alexandra has worked on commercial projects with brands such as Nike, Holland & Barrett and Unilever, and is confident in speaking as an expert about women, sports and body image, writing copy for campaigns, taking part in research projects.


Alexandra has worked in both print and broadcast journalism for almost twenty years

She was books editor and commissioning editor for Elle magazine for eight years and the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman for a decade. She has reviewed books for the Observer, Telegraph, Independent, Grazia and many others.

You can keep up with what she’s reading via instagram, and her affiliate page on

Recent work has included writing about sea swimming with her son for Vogue, a profile of Jackie Collins for Kinfolk, a slow review of The Group for Tortoise media and a feature on her recent book Some Body to Love for Good Housekeeping

She was a judge for the Costa Novel of the Year in 2011.

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As well as appearances discussing her own books, Alexandra has over a decade of experience hosting events and interviewing authors for several publishers including Bloomsbury, Hachette and Penguin Random House, as well as presenting at the National Book Awards, being the host of web series Book Brunch for PanMacmillan and hosting red carpet coverage for the Bookseller Magazine’s National Book Awards.

She is happy interviewing authors on stage, hosting panels or doing red carpet interviews, and is experienced interviewing both in a live environment or recorded for use on author and publisher websites.

She is part of the recently announced line-up of Guest Hosts at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon, along with fellow authors and speakers Anthony Anaxagorou, Sam Baker, Alex Clark, Sara Collins, Natalie Haynes, Paul McVeigh, Sarah Perry and Sathnam Sanghera.

She is next appearing at the Cambridge Literary Festival in April. 


Please contact Sophie Lambert at C&W agency regarding book projects.

Please email me direct regarding journalism commissions.

For interviews regarding Some Body to Love please contact Lucie at Vintage. 

Or regarding Under The Same Stars please contact Clara Diaz at Little Brown.

You can find me online via Twitter or Instagram.

Instagram: @alexandra.heminsley
Twitter: @hemmo