Book Review of 8 1/2 STONE by Liz Jones

When Martina Ticic from Midas PR contacted me to ask if I would like to take part in the blog tour for 8 1/2 Stone by Liz Jones, I jumped at the chance.  So it’s a big thank you to Martina for my advanced copy of the EBook.

Liz Jones’s novel, Eight and a Half Stone, is out in EBook on 12th April, £8.99, and is available on all outlets including Apple Books and Kindle.  A paperback follows in August.

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Inspired by her own long-term struggles with an eating disorder, Liz Jones’ debut comic novel Eight and a Half Stone is an honest look at how women view their bodies, and themselves.

About the Book

 When I reach eight and a half stone:

• I will be able to shop in Topshop. If only I could fit in a size 10 or an 8, just walk in a shop and not even have to try it on because let’s face it I will be straight up and down, then everything would slot neatly into place, completing the easiest jigsaw puzzle in the world: all straight edges.

• I will be able to go swimming and not displace all the water and create a tsunami.

• I will fit in changing rooms, without banging my elbows or exposing the moon of my arse through the curtain when I bend over.

• I will be able to fit behind the narrow benches at Ronnie Scott’s to listen to jazz instead of being offered a chair, at the end.

• I will be promoted and not have my desk moved to inside the stationery cupboard.



Full of humour and a lot of sarcasm, this debut novel from columnist Liz Jones follows Pamela over a number of years, as she struggles with her own body image in an often laugh out loud account of diets, surgery and disastrous relationships.

It is also a troubled and brutally honest look at how Pamela feels that to be really happy, she must be thin……81/2 stone to be precise.

With her own low opinion of herself she also has a very poor taste in men.  The stories and incidents describing the way she is treated are really quite sad, but Liz Jones’ humour and dry wit keeps you moving swiftly through the book.

With her money, lifestyle and sometimes not particularly pleasant way of treating some herself, it quickly shows that having nice clothes, luxury hotel breaks and trips around the world does not equal happiness.

I found this a quick and enjoyable read and was chuckling throughout, I liked the style of writing, with it’s witty dry humour and almost journal type format.  It is also however, a book that shows how a person’s self esteem can effect all areas of their life. Not just in what they do, but also in how they are treated by others.




Liz Jones has millions of readers across the world and was shortlisted five times in the last six years as Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards and Columnist of the Year 2012 at the BSME awards. Liz Jones, former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire — where she ran a high profile campaign to ban skinny models — fashion editor at the Daily Mail and now columnist at the Mail on Sunday, grew up in Essex, and suffered from eating disorders from the age of 11 until her late thirties.

There will be a multi-stop book-signing tour following publication in the Autumn. For details please visit:


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