SOME BODY TO LOVE
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