Title: The Hormone Diaries – The Bloody Truth About Our Periods

Author: Hannah Witton

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Wren & Rook

The Blurb

An honest, funny and feminist take on living with your period (and hormones!), by the award-winning sex education and body positivity vlogger, and author of Doing It!, Hannah Witton.

When it comes to periods, we’re often expected to cope with it quietly. But our periods and our hormones affect every area of our lives – so I am done with scuttling to the toilet with a tampon up my sleeve.

I vlog about periods and hormonal contraception, and it’s clear that I’m not the only one aching to be more open about this. When I reached out to my online community, I received an outpouring of raw, real and hilarious stories about what we through simply for having a uterus.

From first periods to first coils, pimples to hot-water bottles and PCOS to endometriosis, The Hormone Diaries is your essential companion on the hormone rollercoaster. Filled with Hannah’s insights, fascinating research and those priceless crowdsourced stories, it’s the reassuring hug we all need.

At least 50 per cent of the world has to deal with this stuff – it’s time we started talking about it.


The Review

I love Hannah Witton. She is my Stoma Hero – I should preface this by saying that I am currently considering getting a stoma fitted because of the symptoms of my Ulcerative Colitis being so horrid. However, before I knew Hannah Witton had UC, I read her book Doing It! and thus started my affection for her as a writer.

The Hormone Diaries is a brilliant book. It is so body positive about a subject that is often hidden away. The only book I ever remember reading about periods was Are you There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Bloom and even then the information was very basic.

What Witton has done has created a comprehensive guide that girls and women of any age will find informative and helpful. I, myself, found out that someone I know had been fobbed off by their doctors when they were diagnosed with Endometriosis. They were told that the only options were a total hysterectomy or to deal with it. Witton looks at why this is and explored how it is in part due to the patriarchal society we live in.

As an activist for the end of Period Poverty, I believe that along with sufficient sanitary products given to all young girls that every school should be given a copy of The Hormone Diaries. It is informative and entertaining.

The Hormone Diaries – The Bloody Truth About Our Periods by Hannah Witton is available now.

For more information regarding Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) please visit www.youtube.com/hannahwitton.

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Doing ItTitle: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex

Author: Hannah Witton

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

The Blurb

Sexting. Virginity. Consent. The Big O … Let’s face it, doing it can be tricksy. I don’t know anyone (including myself) who has sex all figured out. So I’ve written a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions and revelations. And because none of us have all the answers, I’ve invited some friends and fellow YouTubers to talk about their sexuality, too.

We talk about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you’re ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want. So. Let’s do this …

The Review

I have a very prudish mother and when I was younger (so much younger than today) she would turn the television over if kissing scenes got a little bit steamy. She would do this with a squeal saying “I’m not watching bonking!” I would love to say that she was just trying to protect my innocence because I was young but she still does it today. I’m 33 years old.

So a lot of the things about the facts of life I learned from reading. One book in particular springs to mind. I think it was called The Teenage Worriers Guide to Love or something of that ilk. To be fair I didn’t fully understand it then and sex education classes in school were (and to some extent, still are) atrocious. With a mother who had an almost Victorian view of sex and the school giving me a clinical and embarrassing account of it I was bound to be confused.

What I really needed was a book like Hannah Witton’s. Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex is an honest, frank and mature look at the perils of teenagedom when facing the pressing question of having sex. Witton doesn’t assume her audience knows the ins and outs (and ins and outs…you get the picture) but equally she doesn’t talk down to her readers. She treats them like equals and you get the sense that she has taken the old adage of write the book that you want to read and she has done it with aplomb. It is almost as if she has looked at her younger self and realised that if she didn’t know what was going on then there are probably thousands – nay, millions – who feel the same.

I work in a high school library and I would love to have this on our shelves so that the students that I work with can better equip themselves with the information before going into sex naively. Sadly, I think a lot of high schools will veto its purchase. It is a shame because Witton’s writing is brilliant. Hannah Witton, my 15 year old self salutes you.

Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton is available now.

For more information regarding Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) please visit www.youtube.com/hannahwitton.

For more information regarding Hachette Children’s Group (@HachetteKids) please visit www.hachettechildrens.co.uk.

4 Stars