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21 Miles

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After a decade of trying to become a mother – eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF, multiple miscarriages and a pregnancy which proved almost fatal – Jessica Hepburn knew it was time to do something different.

So she decided to swim the twenty-one miles across the English Channel – no easy feat, especially for someone with an aversion to exercise who couldn't swim very well. A

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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Unbound Digital
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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

Hepburn decided that if she couldn’t bec
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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
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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.
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In this moving and beautifully written book, Jessica writes about love – love for the man in her life, love for her unborn children, and love for the community of open water swimmers who helped her metamorphose in only a couple of years from ‘a non-swimming, cold-hating, exercise-loathing pessimist’, into a successful solo Channel swimmer (gulp!).

So this book is also about determination and hope: determination by this amazing woman to achieve her dreams (to have a child and then, when unsuccess
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