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Cracking the Menopause


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A groundbreaking, no-holds-barred guide to the menopause - that combines a passion to enlighten and inform as well as entertain - from inimitable broadcaster, writer and campaigner Mariella Frostrup and award-winning health journalist Alice Smellie.

About the Author

Mariella Frostrup is one of Britain's most prominent arts presenters. She is the long-term host of Open Book on Radio 4, as well as a weekly columnist for the Observer. She made the record-breaking BBC1 documentary The Truth About The Menopause, and she is the author of Dear Mariella; she co-edited Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories alongside the Erotic Review and edited Wild Women & Their Amazing Adventures over Land, Sea & Air. She lives in Somerset with her husband and two children.

Alice Smellie is an award-winning journalist specializing in health and beauty. She writes for many publications, including the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and Marie Claire. She lives in Somerset with her three children and two dogs.


A fresh, insightful take and a great read.
*Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary*

Essential reading for everyone.
*Marian Keyes, author of Again, Rachel*

I inhaled this book, it's fantastic. Women of all ages need to read it. It’s genuinely helped me understand why I wake up at 5 a.m. and made me laugh along the way.
*Claudia Winkleman*

Cracking the Menopause should be mandatory for every medical student and pretty much anyone else who cares about the quality of a woman’s life over the age of forty. Mariella and Alice have just written one of the most important books of the year, bravo.
*Gabby Logan*

Menopause is the dark matter of modern medicine, until now almost totally neglected. This book shrugs off generations of silence and stigma. It’s confessional, scientifically accurate and extremely funny. It’s for anyone who will experience the menopause themselves or who knows someone who will . . . so that’s basically everyone.
*Dr Chris van Tulleken, broadcaster and author of Ultra-Processed People*

Optimistic, hilarious and informative. A rallying cry for women to love and look after themselves at any age.
*Susannah Constantine, broadcast and fashion columnist*

This book is nothing short of revolutionary! Finally, some validation for women who’ve been swirling around aimlessly seeking answers in tomes of patriarchal gibberish. This book arrives at exactly the right time; a guidebook for that stage in life, previously only surviving in shadows and whispers. MENOPAUSE, at long last: a badge of honor.
*Naomi Watts, actor*

This friendly, feisty book has all the myth-busting facts, tactics and strategies we need to sail through menopause and not just survive, but thrive.
*Alice Hart-Davis, founder of The Tweakments Guide*

Brilliantly well-informed, hugely helpful and, above all, empathetic to women’s needs: I wish I’d had this to read when my own perimenopause kicked in.
*Saska Graville, MPowered Women*

A must-read for women of any age. It does not just crack the menopause, it makes it cool. I, for one, cannot wait to become a grumpy and free menopausal woman after reading this book.
*Miriam Gonzalez Durantes, lawyer and founder of Inspiring Girls*

It’s astounding and shocking that a process over half the world’s population will go through is still so poorly understood. This book goes a long way towards clearing up the myths and misconceptions that still surround the menopause.
*Lydia Slater, Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar*

It’s fascinating, and a little scary that men are so ignorant about something that will probably significantly affect someone they’ve lived with for two decades!
*Mark Pougatch, sports broadcaster*

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