Period (Hardback)
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Period (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 05/09/2019

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Funny, frank and fearless, Emma Barnett takes on one of the last taboo subjects in modern society. Through personal anecdote and the testimony of others, Barnett asks why the issue of periods still embarrasses and appalls and makes a bracing, common sense case for full and frank honesty.

Don't be revolted, lead the revolt - preferably with a grin on your face and a tampon tucked proudly behind your ear.

Emma loathes her period. Really, she does. But there's something she loathes even more: not being able to talk about it. Freely, funnily and honestly. Without men and women wrinkling their noses as if she's pulled her tampon out and offered it as an hors d'oeuvre.

But somehow, despite women having had periods since the dawn of time, we've totally clammed up on anything to do with menstruation. Why, oh why, would we rather say `Auntie Flo' than `period'? Why, in the 21st century, are periods still seen as icky? Why are we still so ignorant about such a fundamental bodily process?

Now, in Period., Emma draws on female experiences that will make you laugh, weep (and, most probably, squirm), in a fierce and funny rallying cry to smash this ridiculous taboo once and for all.

Because it's about bloody time.


Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008308070
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 28 mm


'I wish this book had been written before I stopped having them. I might have enjoyed them more! It's brilliant, informative and funny. Period.' - Jennifer Saunders

'I want to hear what Emma Barnett says about everything, and this terrific and timely book proves to be no exception.' - Elizabeth Day

'A brilliant, myth-busting, funny and poignant book.' - Helen Pankhurst

'Why has it taken so long for this powerful, fearless book to be written?' - Emma Freud

'Uniquely funny and forthright.' Pandora Sykes

`Passionate, informed and thought-provoking.' - Jane Garvey

'A must read for everyone. Period.' - Kirsty Wark

'Clever, useful and wise. Read it. Pass it on to your daughters. And then to your sons.' - Fi Glover

'Emma cuts right through all the myths and embarrassment with searing facts, honesty and, perhaps more importantly, humour. A bleeding good read.' - Yomi Adegoke

'Terrific. Unique. Never read anything like it.' - Richard Madeley

'Completely un-grim, informative, and entertaining.' - Rachel Johnson

'An open, honest and achingly funny celebration of menstruation.' - Amika George

'Smart, funny, enjoyable and tackling a subject head on that so many others would choose to avoid. I bloody loved it!' - Becky Vardy

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“Funny, clever and very honest....”

Emma Barnett has written a brilliant , informative and highly entertaining book about every women’s worst nightmare “ period”. Having a period is completely natural and nothing to be ashamed of. What we need to do... More

Hardback edition
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“An interesting take on periods”

There are a lot of good things to say about this book. It's touching, funny and fascinating and most importantly very, very needed right now. Emma Barnett makes some incredibly important points about period... More

Hardback edition
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“Eye opening”

Reading this book I have was regularly shocked by the information I was finding out. For example the fact that we don't need to take a break to have our period when we use birth control pills. The reason the... More

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