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Poor Little Sick Girls: A love letter to unacceptable women

Ione Gamble

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Wellness is oppressive, self-love is a trap, hustling is a health risk, and it's all the patriarchy's fault. Poor Little Sick Girls is THE book for femmes who are online and want more from activism and life.

'Incredible insight with a transgressive, witty, spirit.' COURTNEY LOVE
'The most sensational read of 2022!' GEMMA COLLINS
'A breath of fresh air... I want so many people to read this!' TRAVIS ALABANZA
'Visionary' VIV ALBERTINE
A STYLIST MUST-READ FOR 2022

Wellness is oppressive, self-love is a trap, hustling is a health risk and it's all the patriarchy's fault. Poor Little Sick Girls is THE book for femmes who are online and want more from activism and life.

Ione Gamble never imagined that entering adulthood would mean being diagnosed with an incurable illness. Watching identity politics become social media fodder from the confines of her sickbed Ione began to pick apart our obsession with self-care, personal branding, productivity and #LivingYourBestLife.

Using her experience with disability to cast a fresh gaze on the particularly peculiar cultural moment in which young women find themselves, Poor Little Sick Girls explores the pressures faced - as well as the power of existing as - a chronically ill, overweight, and unacceptable woman in our current era of empowerment.

Founder of Polyester zine and a host of The Polyester Podcast, Ione has been named one of fifteen coolest young Londoners by The Evening Standard, and a 2019 New Debutante in Tatler Magazine. If you love Trick Mirror, Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Hood Feminism,you don't want to miss this book.

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Ione Gamble

Ione Gamble is a writer and editor based in London. She founded Polyester zine when she was twenty and the publication has gone on to become one of the world's leading voices in intersectional feminist publishing. Focusing on the rise of social media and identity politics, Ione and Polyester have built a community of strong-minded, marginalised people determined to carve their place in a world that continues to ignore them. She has been named an editor shaping the future of magazines by i-D magazine, and a New Debutante by Tatler. She is also the host of The Polyester Podcast. Poor Little Sick Girls is her debut book.

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