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.
I am a confirmed fan of Liz Jones. I have read her columns for years and never ceased to be amazed at her almost unbelievable honesty, self-deprecation and lack of a filter. I was SO excited to be emailed and invited on the tour for #8andahalfstone I can’t even tell you and I am so thrilled to be part of it. I don’t think you have to be a serial dieter to recognise the truth of some of these moments and I think that every woman will find something in this laugh out loud funny novel to connect with
I’d like to thank Martina Ticic from Midas PR for inviting me on the tour and recommend that you follow it and see what all the other fab bloggers had to say about this book as there is something to be said about finding something to laugh at during these stressful days of Lockdown when we are all stuck at home.
Writer Allison Pearson has said “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.”
I literally could not put this book down, I was so caught up in the awfulness and brutal honesty of this book and I’m sure you will be too. This book retains all of the familiar Liz Jones qualities that you might have loved in her column and adds some new ingredients into the mix for good measure.
There’s surely a lesson for all of us here as we can all tend to believe that things would be better if we – lost that last half stone, had that great pair of shoes or could afford that amazing new handbag – this book pulls no punches and lets us see that this very relatable character has real-life struggles coping with all of these ideas, but get on with life as she does.
This book definitely isn’t just for Liz Jones fans though, there is lots here that you’ll recognise in many women you’ve met in real life – whether you buy into the idea of the body beautiful or not. Buy yourself a copy here and be prepared to snort a lot in recognition at many of the scenes Pamela presents us with -you have been warned!
Writer On The Shelf
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 a columnist at the Mail on Sunday, grew up in Essex and suffered from eating disorders from the age of 11 until her late thirties.