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PMSL: Or How I Literally Pissed Myself Laughing and Survived the Last Taboo to Tell the Tale Hardcover – 17 November 2020
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'Warm, generous and genuinely useful'
Lynn Enright, author of Vagina: A re-education
'No better person to finally illuminate this last taboo than Luce Brett'
Milli Hill, author of The Positive Birth Book
'A breath of fresh air'
Anna Williamson, presenter, broadcaster and bestselling author of Breaking Mad
'If you have a bladder you should read this. If you work with people with bladders you should definitely read this'
Elaine Miller, Pelvic health physiotherapist and stand-up comedian
'A feminist roar of a health memoir ... a stigma-busting, generous, funny, moving book about an important subject'
David Nicholls, author of One Day
When Luce Brett became incontinent at the age of 30, after the birth of her first son, she felt her life had ended. She also felt scared, upset, embarrassed, dirty and shocked. How the hell had she ended up there, the youngest woman in the waiting room at the incontinence clinic?
PMSL is her story. A heartfelt, moving and deeply personal account of the decade that followed, told with incredible honesty and wit. Luce has been at the sharp end of a medical issue that affects 1 in 3 women but that remains shrouded in taboo and social stigma. It's sincere, raw and funny - but crucially it is the first memoir to look at incontinence, smashing the stigma and looking at what anyone affected can do to navigate their way through the wet-knickered wilderness.
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There is no better person to finally illuminate this last taboo than Luce Brett ― Milli Hill, author of Give Birth Like a Feminist
A breath of fresh air ― Anna Williamson, TV presenter and author of Breaking Mad
A brave and witty memoir every mother must read ― Daily Mail
A feminist roar of a health memoir ... a stigma-busting, generous, funny, moving book about an important subject ― David Nicholls, author of One Day
an honest, beautifully written, funny and raw account of the way a woman recovers and rebuilds herself after birth breaks her body into pieces. ― Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story
- Publisher : Green Tree (17 November 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472977483
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472977489
- Dimensions : 14.33 x 2.95 x 22.53 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 388,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Incontinence affects so many women and men - it’s wonderful to have this common and distressing complaint discussed in such a candid manner.
This book touches on the causes, anatomy and treatments for incontinence, as well as its emotional impact.
I can highly recommend this book to all healthcare professionals and individuals who leak but let’s face it, this is something we might all experience at some point and a bit of understanding is never a bad thing.
Luce is unflinchingly honest, and writes brilliantly about her experiences. She will make you cry, and laugh, and RAGE. But she also offers hope, superb advice, and a belief that there is way to make things better.
This is an honest clever, thoughtful, passionate, funny and beautifully written book that's about far more than the headline topic - indeed for me some of the most memorable passages were about other things entirely. Luce Brett has a wonderfully human touch, and a gift for expressing the literal and metaphorical messy reality of being a grown up, and for evoking the ups and downs of adjusting when life doesn't deliver what we expect . Although there are dark moments in the story, ultimately it offers a message of hope.
I really hope that this book reaches an audience beyond postnatal women, as its message is one all of us could do with reading.