One Body

Catherine Simpson

Catherine Simpson is a novelist, journalist, poet and short story writer based in Edinburgh. Her memoir When I Had a Little Sister was published by 4th Estate in February 2019 to great acclaim, and her debut novel Truestory was published in 2015. In 2013 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Her work has been published in various anthologies and magazines, published online and broadcast on BBC Radio. Born on a Lancashire dairy farm, she is now based in Edinburgh. 

One Body

March 2022

by Catherine Simpson

  • RRP: £9.99 (print) / £6.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781913393342
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781913393359
  • Publication date: March 3, 2022


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In One Body, Catherine Simpson looks back on her life and interrogates how her experiences have shaped her relationship with her body. From being routinely catcalled, objectified and dismissed from a young age, to experiencing severe morning sickness, postnatal depression and early menopause she has lived with all manner of physical and psychological pains that come with womanhood.

Of course, she’s had plenty of successes, joy and laughter, too. She’s had far more freedoms than her mother, but are things improving for her daughters?

In 2018, fifty-something Catherine’s world was upended with a cancer diagnosis. One year later, the disease was in remission – yet Catherine felt changed. She couldn’t simply move on as if nothing had happened. One Body is the candid, searing and often funny memoir of Catherine’s changing attitudes towards her body and how she finally came to appreciate the skin she is in.


From the author of When I Had a Little Sister:

‘A poignant memoir…seeks to find a way to address the unspoken. Simpson is a precise and skilled writer. This memoir…is a considerable achievement.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

‘Riveting and bleakly funny…heartrending… compassionate and beadily observed.’ Observer

‘A superb memoir.’ Sunday Times

‘I found this book gripping and heart-wrenching. It sticks with me still.’ Mail on Sunday