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Womb

Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2023

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349015804

Price: £10.99

ON SALE: 7th March 2024

Genre: Health & Personal Development

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*WINNER OF THE SCOTTISH BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2023*

A landmark book on the womb – its history, its present and the possibilities for its future – by the bestselling author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

‘A gripping exploration of the science of the uterus, the politics of medicine and the future of reproductive freedom’ New Statesman

‘Page for page, I may not have ever learned more from a bookRob Delaney, author of A Heart that Works

‘It will change the way you think about bodies forever’
Rachel Clarke, author of Dear Life

‘Empowerment in book form’ Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, author of What Women Want

‘A phenomenal book’ Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women

The womb is the most miraculous organ in the body – with the power to bring life or cause death; to yield joy or pain – yet most of us know almost nothing about it.

In this book, midwife and bestselling author Leah Hazard sets out on a journey to explore the rich past, complex present and dynamic future of the uterus. She speaks to the Californian doctor who believes women deserve a period-free life; walks in the footsteps of the Scottish woman whose Caesarean section changed childbirth forever; uncovers America’s long history of forced and coercive sterilisation; observes uterine transplant surgery in Sweden and takes a very personal dive into the world of ‘womb wellness’.

Written with wisdom, warmth and nuance, and combining the author’s years of experience as a midwife with medical history, scientific discovery and journalistic inquiry, Womb is an extraordinary exploration of a woefully under-researched and misunderstood organ. Above all, the book reveals that the uterus is more than the sum of its biological parts: it influences all our lives in the twenty-first century, and how we celebrate, medicate and legislate the womb might yet control where we go from here.

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Reviews

Leah Hazard approaches a fascinating topic with professional expertise and lively human sympathy
Hilary Mantel
Page for page, I may not have ever learned more from a book. And I enjoyed myself throughout. Yes, Womb is a history book as well as a biology book but it's also an adventure and a celebration. It's sensitive but unflinching and a very, very worthy introduction to an organ I once inhabited but can only now say I truly appreciate. I loved this book
Rob Delaney, author of A Heart that Works
Humane, intelligent but accessible, and full of fascinating insights
Rhiannon Lucy Coslett, Guardian
A very important book that will inform and entertain all those with a womb, and everyone who was born from one. This is a major contribution to the under researched and neglected area of women's reproductive health
Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, co-author of Maternal Journal
Womb looks at this shape-shifting organ from all angles: medical, emotional, political and futuristic. What emerges is fascinating, contentious, and potentially chilling
Spectator
An excellent guide [to] a misunderstood marvel ... Womb invites us to wish others well, defend their rights to make informed choices and refuse to apologise for our own
Observer
An erudite, compassionate and fascinating biography of a much-maligned organ. Womb is sharp and political, learned and wise, and urgent and necessary. Above all else, Leah Hazard is a brilliant storyteller. I loved it.
Katherine May, author of Wintering
A gripping exploration of the science of the uterus, the politics of medicine and the future of reproductive freedom
New Statesman
What a phenomenal book. To read Womb is to step closer to a sense of autonomy and empowerment
Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, author of What Women Want
Leah Hazard expertly blends science with passion in this riveting book. Packed with eye-opening facts and fascinating human stories, Womb is moving, inspiring and genuinely revelatory. It will change the way you think about bodies forever
Rachel Clarke, author of Dear Life
A searching and compassionate investigation into "the most miraculous and misunderstood organ in the human body" ... all but the most learned medical historians will be astonished by what Hazard reveals
New York Times
Meticulously researched and powerfully told, Womb is an awe-inspiring exploration of one of the most misunderstood organs of the human body. Compassionate and compelling, Leah Hazard's vital new narrative reveals the importance of understanding the uterus for body autonomy, reproductive justice, and human rights. A phenomenal book
Dr Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women
A bravura cultural history of the uterus and the politics that surround it ... Hazard's eye is keen, her range broad, and her tone scrupulously compassionate ...This is essential reading on the "most miraculous and misunderstood organ in the human body."
Publishers Weekly