Life, Almost :Miscarriage, misconceptions and a search for answers from the brink of motherhood

Life, Almost

Life, Almost :Miscarriage, misconceptions and a search for answers from the brink of motherhood

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'Vital and heart-wrenchingly intimate' Leah Hazard
'Urgent, fascinating and thought-provoking' Julia Bueno
'Thoughtfully researched and beautifully written' Pippa Vosper

After losing four pregnancies with no obvious cause, Jennie Agg set out to understand why miscarriage remains such a profoundly misunderstood, under-researched and under-acknowledged experience.

Part-memoir, part-scientific investigation, Life, Almost documents Agg's path to motherhood and her search for answers. Tracing each tentative step of her fifth pregnancy - as her body becomes a creature she does not wish to spook - Agg dismantles the myths that we unquestioningly accept about our reproductive lives:

* Why are we told miscarriage can't be prevented when half of all miscarriages are of perfectly healthy embryos?

* Why is it normal not to tell anyone you're pregnant for the first three months?

* Why don't we know why labour starts?

Drawing on pioneering research and interviews with world-leading experts, Life, Almost is a ground-breaking book that will change how you think about miscarriage, and a moving reflection on grief and love at the edge of life as we understand it.

'Vital and heart-wrenchingly intimate, this is the miscarriage manifesto we need'
Leah Hazard, bestselling author of Hard Pushed

'Beautiful, powerful and important ... Essential reading for anyone who lives in a world where miscarriage happens - a book for us all'
Georgina Lucas, author of If Not For You

'An urgent, fascinating and thought-provoking book that should pioneer new conversations
Julia Bueno, author of The Brink of Being

'A thoughtfully researched and beautifully written book'
Pippa Vosper, author of Beyond Grief

'The perfect combination of informed personal experience and practical journalistic research. Highly recommended'
Viv Groskop, author of How to Own the Room

Jennie Agg is an acclaimed health and science journalist, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, the Times, the Mail, the Telegraph, Red, Grazia, Women's Health and elsewhere. She is the author of the award-winning blog The Uterus Monologues, through which she has charted her own experience of recurrent miscarriage as well as helping other women to share their stories of infertility and pregnancy loss.

Type Book
ISBN 9781911709046
Number Of Pages 320
Item Weight 517 g
Product Dimensions 162 x 242 x 35 mm
Publisher Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format Hardback