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Lucy Jones is a writer and journalist based in Hampshire, England. She previously worked at NME and the Daily Telegraph, and her writing on culture, science and nature has been published in GQ, BBC Wildlife, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and the New Statesman. She is the author of Foxes Unearthed, which won the Society of Authors' Roger Deakin Award 2015; Losing Eden, which was long-listed for the Wainwright Prize and named a Times and Telegraph book of the year; and Matrescence, 'a thrilling examination of what it means to be a mother' (Observer), which has been longlisted for the inaugural Women's Prize for Nonfiction.


A thrilling examination of what it means to be a mother … Myths are smashed from page one … essential reading, roaring and ready to change conversations

I kept scribbling in the margins: 'We need to know this stuff!' ... wide-ranging in its scope, packed with statistics … comes as close as it’s possible to describing this indescribable moment in a woman’s life

Reading this, I felt a jolt of recognition ... I wish someone could have handed me Matrescence
*New Statesman*

This deeply personal book takes on “fairytale” ideas about being a mother … An exploration of motherhood – the contrast between myth and reality and between individual and social expectations ... Jones writes beautifully and with searing honesty about the life-changing physical and emotional impact of having a child
*The Times*

She is a gifted writer … A vital, hopeful book ... to read Matrescence is to emerge chastened and ready for change
*i News*

Beautiful... boundary-pushing … Jones is a pioneer ... she skilfully elucidates the monumental shifts motherhood brings ... I found myself inwardly cheering

It is difficult to put into words the importance of this book. I felt it in my heart. I carried it with me, I think I always will. Jones has written the book we desperately needed
*Daisy Johnson*

Matrescence took me on a journey of reminescence through my own pregnancies and early years of motherhood, eliciting wry recognition, surprise at new evidence and insight, and gratitude for a work that really sees what it is to mother
*Clare Chambers*

A beautiful contemplation of the extraordinary yet ordinary metamorphosis that adult humans undergo as they become mothers ... I was entranced ... Matrescence is a passionate and powerful maternal roar for change
*Gaia Vince*

Hypnotic, fascinating and long overdue. I am so glad it exists. A gift of a book and told beautifully.
*Laura Dockrill*

As a first-time mother, Matrescence is probably the most reassuring book I've ever read... Buy it for every parent you know -- and then maybe buy a copy to send to your local MP as well
*Daily Mail *Books of the Year**

Matrescence is a wild and beautiful book, a blend of memoir, science, psychoanalytical thinking and nature writing with a poetic sensibility and a strong sense of political purpose
*New Statesman *Best Books of the Summer**

Matrescence is the book I've been waiting for. It feels like a gift. Radical, questioning and profound, it urges us to recognise and honour the many transformations of motherhood. With the deepest compassion for her fellow mothers, Lucy Jones shows us how contemporary society stacks the odds against them and calls us to imagine new ways of parenting which care for and support those at its heart
*Liz Berry*

You'll marvel, wince and want to take to the streets after reading Lucy Jones' sweeping and courageous multidisciplinary survey of the motherlands. I wish we'd read it before we had our kid. (Mother) nature read in truth and awe
*Tom Mustill*

I was challenged, comforted, educated and nourished by this book ... It is the single most powerful, life-changing, heartachingly healing thing I have been given ... The kind of book we must ensure every one of us reads
*Kerri ní Dochartaigh*

A beautiful, intelligent book that is as tender and moving as it is demanding and urgent. There is something insightful and original in the way Lucy Jones seamlessly combines the analytical with the emotional, and it is an absolutely essential new addition to the literature of mothering and parenthood
*Clover Stroud*

This book should be a must-read for pretty much everyone. We don't talk about the hidden realities of the biological, social and psychological effects of matrescence nearly enough. Thank you, Lucy Jones, for changing that
*Dr Jodi Pawluski*

*Henry Mance (Twitter)*

Dazzling... Matrescence cements Jones' place as one of the most talented nonfiction writers we have. It really is *astonishingly* good
*Oli Franklin-Wallis (Twitter)*

Matrescence is going to set mothers’ worlds alight. Finally, someone has properly expressed what the process of becoming a mother does to women: their sense of self and their brains. We all owe her a debt because it wasn’t just in our heads

Jones writes like a novelist, capturing wild swings of emotion, doubt, the adoration of a new baby, and (always) the tension between what she thinks is expected of her and the pressure of her own mixed-up feelings
*Daily Mail*

Engaging and sensitive … Matrescence is an important work
*JUNO Magazine*

A truly extraordinary book- radically eye-opening, beautiful and luminously written
*Fatima Bhutto (via X)*

A probing meditation … Seamlessly weaving personal recollections with broader social analysis … Elevated by inventive formal flourishes and searching reflection, Matrescence will resonate with mothers of all stripes
*Publishers Weekly*

In this maddening journey of motherhood, I encourage everyone to let Matrescence be your soothing guide. From my early days of motherhood to a few years deep in the trenches, Lucy's words and wisdom continues to guide and comfort me. Matrescence is the sister I never had but always longed for as I try to figure out how to mother in this world. It's a fierce book, equally tender as it is sharp. It is my kind of bible that I will carry with me (and gift to others!) for a long time
*author of The Nursery*

A deep dive into the radical transformation of becoming a mother...An intimate, insightful memoir

Raw and real ... A fascinating and worthwhile read, this book for mothers is steeped in research that is both validating and illuminating ... Matrescece is a scientific and poetic ode to motherhood
*Library Journal*

A sensation … Wide-ranging in scope and hugely ambitious … For me, the book was a balm
*New Yorker*

She names feelings I haven’t been able to.. takes experience and makes it political. This is exciting, important work
*Helen Jukes (via Twitter)*

I was challenged, comforted, educated, nourished, soothed and reassured by this book. Almost three years into my own matrescence, this book is the single most powerful, life-changing, heartachingly healing thing I have been given. For it is, first and foremost, a gift. To have journeyed , and still be journeying, through this wild, raw, many coloured land of such unknowns, and to share that journey-the pain and the joy; the grief and love; the anxiety and the hope - in this way is nothing short of grace. This book is the kind of book we must ensure every one of us reads; every single person sharing this earth side by side with our kin of every form. For, as Lucy shows us so tenderly and luminously; we are more finely interwoven than we've been led to believe; more animal than we might ordinarily take ourselves for. Certain experiences change us, bring us closer to the blood and shit and milk and bone. Matrescence holds the power to carry us back to ourselves, to the rituals and community from which we came; the caregivers we all hold the seed within us to become- and Lucy Jones is the person who should have written it. I am so glad she did . She has given us mammals such a gift, one that will save lives
*Kerri ní Dochartaigh*

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