"It’s really proved to me that our experiences as girls, as women, as mothers… they’re all unique but there’s so much that’s also universal. It’s made me feel connected to womenkind, more than ever before." - Justine
"I think too many books and films and other works of art look at heartbreak in retrospect. It's refreshing to hear from someone who is in the throes of pain or grief, rather than someone who has recovered from it." - Jessie"
"I think I’ve kind of suppressed a lot of the trauma that came with pursuing a diagnosis for so long (twelve years, to be exact) and I’ve been so focused on the present and navigating life with endometriosis, so it’s not often that I do sit back and really reflect on everything that’s happened." - Bridget
"I began to wonder how malleable memory might be, particularly of those teenage years when we’re our most narcissistic, and how we often reframe our past, glorifying it as you say, making ourselves the heroes and heroines of our own stories." - Ellie
"I think Esmerelda has many qualities I would like to have. Even some of her flaws I think I would like. She’s intelligent, wily, gutsy, audacious and unapologetic. She knows who she is and she’s okay with herself. " - Kellie
"I come from a musical family - my grandad is a jazz musician and wrote the original tunes which you’ll find in the book - but I don’t play an instrument (except for strumming on a ukulele). The book is a bit of a love letter - and an attempt to live the life of those people vicariously. " - Joe