21 Miles

by Jessica Hepburn

When Jessica’s life didn’t go to plan, she ate and she swam.

This is the story of how Jessica met and ate with 21 inspirational women and then swam 21 miles in search of the answer to the question: ‘Does motherhood make you happy?’

Reviews

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“Just delicious… it has made me feel better in a world where infertility can make you feel pretty rubbish”

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A Mumsnet Summer Read

“An amazing, page-turning, jaw-droppingly honest read. In 2-3 pages she might just have summed up the entire truth and meaning of life.”

An Outdoor Swimming Society Book of the Year

“[A book] about the determination to do the extraordinary… An exploration of motherhood, swimming, and eating.”

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“One of the things I love about the book is how she just keeps going and proves everyone wrong.”

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“She writes with (painful) honesty and so beautifully”

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“Achingly honest, moving, profound but also very funny”

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“This book will help so many people”

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“Jessica wins over the reader with her sparkling style.”

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“It was this year’s most keenly awaited fertility book, and Jessica Hepburn’s 21 Miles – swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood doesn’t disappoint.”

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“This inspiring book… We absolutely loved [it].”

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“Remarkable… A very honest insight… Ten out of ten.”

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“It will help encourage others to believe in themselves and hopefully find more meaning and a sense of achievement within their lives.”

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“Relatable and moving in the extreme.”

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“I couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone who wants to understand what it means to be a 21st century woman.”

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“Jessica Hepburn should step onto the stage and take a bow.”

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“Her writing style is quirky and humorous.”

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…will have you in both laughter and tears, maybe at the same time.”

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“It fed my heart and nurtured my soul.”

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“She lays bare her soul in both self-deprecating humour and nobility.”

The Pursuit of Motherhood

by Jessica Hepburn

If you’ve ever felt a crumpling in your chest when another friend tells you they’re pregnant…  If you’ve ever wondered why everyone else seems to find it so easy…  If you’ve ever experienced the pursuit of motherhood…

 This book is for you.

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“Jessica’s writing is easy and flowing and the book is a real page-turner; it’s a journey you’re compelled to join – her strengths and weaknesses, her guilty pleasures, and most of all her rollercoaster of emotions laid bare. It’s a great read and for anyone for whom fertility is an issue.”

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Kate Brian, author of The Complete Guide to IVF

“After reading dozens of fertility books over the years, I’ve realised how hard it is to get a memoir about treatment right and to tell your own story in a way that other people will actually want to read, but Jessica Hepburn has managed it brilliantly in her book The Pursuit of Motherhood…”

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I have to say I very much enjoyed this book; Jessica writes with pace; she doesn’t wallow in her disappointment and you’ll be inspired by her tenacity and fortitude. The bumps in the road are described with a delicate honesty and Jessica leaves no stone unturned in her pursuit, embarking on what some readers may consider to be absurd lengths to address her lack of success.”

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“Her story is not the traditional tabloid miracle baby happy ending, and yet it is the reality for many of the couples who go through fertility treatment…The Pursuit of Motherhood is a must-read.”