Poor Little Sick Girls: A love letter to unacceptable women (Paperback)
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Poor Little Sick Girls: A love letter to unacceptable women (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 02/03/2023
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Resolutely grounded and packed full of eminently relatable content, this invaluable guide from the podcaster and founder of Polyester zine debunks many myths around chronic illness and 'living your best life.'

Wellness is oppressive, self-love is a trap, hustling is a health risk and it's all the patriarchy's fault. Poor Little Sick Girls is THE book for femmes who are online and want more from activism and life.

Ione Gamble never imagined that entering adulthood would mean being diagnosed with an incurable illness. Watching identity politics become social media fodder from the confines of her sickbed Ione began to pick apart our obsession with self-care, personal branding, productivity and #LivingYourBestLife.

Using her experience with disability to cast a fresh gaze on the particularly peculiar cultural moment in which young women find themselves, Poor Little Sick Girls explores the pressures faced - as well as the power of existing as - a chronically ill, overweight, and unacceptable woman in our current era of empowerment.

Founder of Polyester zine and a host of The Polyester Podcast, Ione has been named one of fifteen coolest young Londoners by The Evening Standard, and a 2019 New Debutante in Tatler Magazine. If you love Trick Mirror, Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Hood Feminism,you don't want to miss this book.

Publisher: Dialogue
ISBN: 9780349702421
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 194 x 124 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A crystal-clear mirror held up to contemporary feminism . . . Ione Gamble examines feminism's fourth wave and its intersections with the internet and capitalism, to brilliant effect . . .Gamble inventively and accessibly explores the roots of feminism as it exists materially today. - i News

A clear-sighted, critically needed skewering of hustle culture, wellness and modern feminism's blind spots, Ione pulls no punches in Poor Little Sick Girls. Everyone - and I mean everyone - should read this book. - Yomi Adegoke

A sizzling insight into how tropes about sick women and unacceptable bodies have been constructed throughout history through a cultural and personal lens. Ione writes with warmth, honesty and nuance, inviting the reader into a conversation that has, up until now, been afforded little space for exploration. - Liv Little

I inhaled Poor Little Sick Girls in one sitting. This book is smart, addictive, wry and insightful. At a time when online discourse feels so muddled, Ione manages to pick through the weeds with characteristic humour and nuance. This is the anti-girlboss Bible and I love it. - Daisy Jones

A thrilling exploration of the relationships between bodies, abstract forces like language and stereotypes, and the material conditions that shape young adults' lives. Ione Gamble's incisive analysis of the last 15 years of social media, pop culture, and online feminism both illuminate the sources of present-day challenges and model a more liberatory way forward. By tracing the pieces of her self to facets of her environment, she demonstrates how much of a responsibility we have to one another - and that, for all the cynical powers that make our world, we also have the power to remake ourselves. - Tavi Gevinson

Where so much online is generic and conformist, Ione Gamble's aesthetic and vision is anything but. A style icon and writer who seamlessly blends the esoteric and the obscure with popular culture as well as a commitment to many forms of social justice, her forthcoming book Poor Little Sick Girls is bound to be a treat! - Emma Dabiri

One of the sharpest, wittiest and most incisive thinkers of her generation. I always want to hear Ione's perspective on feminism, culture, and art - or just about anything - Sirin Kale

Ione is fiercely unapologetic and a defining voice of our generation. It's especially powerful to see how her own experiences of living as a sick person intersect with her discussions on feminism. This will resonate with anyone who has ever been seen as "unacceptable" and decided to think critically about that. - Cat White

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Anna at Bluewater

“Chronic illness with a touch of spice..girls”

I was contacted by the publishers at Dialogue Books to see if I would be interested in a copy to review. As a disabled woman herself, I was incredibly interested in seeing Gamble's side with chronic illness as... More

Paperback edition
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“A must read!”

A fresh perspective on a range of topics such as social class, feminism, social media etc. Ione navigates these topics throughout the book in such an engaging and humorous way that made it impossible to put down. A... More

Hardback edition
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“Thank you thank you thank you”

Love this book, not many people talk about being sick and never in a way that makes you feel seen and radical and powerful. Ione is amazing. She personifies self love and acceptance outside of capitalism, ableism and... More

Hardback edition
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