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21 Miles: Swimming in Search of the Meaning of Motherhood

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  8 reviews
'This book will help so many people' Positive Fertility

An Outdoor Swimming Society Book of the Year 2018

After a decade of trying and failing to become a mother, Jessica Hepburn knew it was time to do something different. So she decided to swim twenty-one miles across the English Channel – no easy feat, especially for someone who couldn't swim very well. As the punishing training schedu/>After/>Anpeople' Positive
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Unbound
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Helen
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow! This book really moved me. Definitely going to look out for her other book now 😁
Joanna Norland
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Making Waves Once Again!!

“I may never be able to say that I was the 4 million and 91st woman to give birth to an IVF baby, but I will always be able to say that I was the 491st woman to swim the English Channel.”

In 2014, Jessica Hepburn made waves in the assisted fertility world with her biting, compulsive account of her hurdles and heartbreaks, trying to conceive through IVF (eleven cycles, no less).

Now, with 21 Miles, she’s making waves again. Literally

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Deborah Barker
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A relatively easy to read book in a memoir style. At times, I found the narrative style a little too jerky, and the author vacillated between giving us too much information, while withholding herself back at other times. I would have preferred a little more heart in the writing style at times, more description of just where she found the strength to get herself across the Channel, because this is an awesome achievement, particularly for a woman with very little open water swimming experience. Th ...more
Lizzie Lowrie
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jessica's story is one of resilience and searching and it's beautifully put together. She maintains a tension throughout the build up to her swim that just keeps you reading. She weaves other stories in between hers in such a natural way. I appreciated the vulnerability and sensitivity in both sharing her story and writing for women who carry with them a sadness they don't know what to do with. Jessica really is an incredibly inspiring woman and it's a privilege to be invited into her story thro ...more
Dee
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book gobbled down in 3 lovely binges - I couldn't put it down. Regardless of whether you care a jot about either swimming the channel or IVF you will love this. Achingly honest, moving, profound but also very funny. I cried, I got goosebumps. Jessica Hepburn is an excellent writer and she has a great story to tell. The interviews with the famous women were fascinating. So joyful also to read a woman who really loves food write about eating. Read it - you won't regret it.
Flying Bulgarian
Dear Jessica

Thank you for writing this book.

I learned so much about IVF, swimming the channel, you (of course) and surprisingly myself.

Thank you again.
Margaret Grant
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Warm and moving. Very worthwhile.
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