Disturbing the Body: An anthology of speculative memoir

Disturbing the BodyA subversive new anthology of speculative memoir about misbehaving bodies by women writers, from indie publisher Boudicca Press, with introduction by  Verity Holloway and Louise Kenward, edited by Nici West.  


£9.99 | 9781916029026 (eBook also available)

“Inhabiting a body is an inherently strange thing.” 


From illness to major medical operations, child-bearing to pain and chronic illness to disability, Disturbing the Body sets out to explore the many ways women feel powerless and  at odds with their own bodies. In a dozen stories reflecting memoir, experience and body  horror, this is an anthology full of heart that is not for the faint-hearted.  

Disturbing the Body features stories from Irenosen Okojie, winner of the Betty Trask Award, and Verity  Holloway, author of Pseudotooth, prize-winning drama and fiction writer Abi Hynes and artist, writer and psychologist Louise Kenward and more, all by writers who identify as women. Each piece is deeply personal, seeking the subversion of traditional memoir in search of the m y r i a d truths about the  physical self. Raw, powerful and often dreamlike in nature, these remarkable stories are unflinching as  they reflect complex experiences of women’s bodies. 

Feature authors: Verity Holloway, Natasha Kindred, Lauren Brown, Nina K.Fellows, Abi Hynes, Marion Michell, Louise Kenward, Chikodili Emelumadu, Laura Elliott, Beverley Butcher, Jane Hartshorn and Irenosen Okojie.

For press and review copies please contact Jules Danskin

For all other enquiries contact Nici West, Editorial Manager 

Disturbing the Beast: women of weird fiction

Disturbing the Beast artwork by Hannah Mosley

Disturbing the Beast is a collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK, including Kirsty Logan, Aliya Whiteley, Sam Mills, Rosie Garland and more. It features fictional tales that explore lesser talked about female centred topics including sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image.

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