We are thrilled that Catherine Simpson‘s powerful memoir One Body has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s Non Fiction Book of the Year 2022One Body was published by Saraband Books in February 2022.

The Saltire Society Literary Awards are widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious literary awards. They represent the Society’s commitment to celebrate and support literary achievement. They highlight fantastic talent while raising the profile of writers and publishers. 

You can read more about the judging panel here.

In this searing, frank and funny memoir by the author of When I Had a Little Sister, a crisis causes Catherine Simpson to reflect – and to see how her body tells the story of her life.

By the time she reached her 50s, Catherine had experienced period pain, childbirth and early menopause, alongside love and laughter, a career in journalism and raising two daughters. Like many of her peers, along the way she’d dieted, jogged, sweated, tanned, permed and plucked – always attempting to conform to prevailing standards of ‘acceptable womanhood’. But when a medical crisis comes along, she can no longer pummel her body into submission and is forced to take stock.

From growing up on a farm where veterinarians were more common than doctors and where illness was ‘a nuisance’, she now faces the nuisance of a lifetime. One Body is the demystifying, relatable, often hilarious and sometimes hair-raising story of how Catherine navigates her treatment and the emotions and reflections it provokes. And how she comes to drop the unattainable standards imposed on her body, and simply appreciate the skin she is in.