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Happy Fat : Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You - Sofie Hagen

Happy Fat

Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2019
ISBN: 9780008293871
Number Of Pages: 336

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‘I am a fat person and I love my body. I feel lucky to be able to say that. It has taken a lot of work and a lot of time to get here. I often meet people who are incredibly puzzled that I can love this body.

Taking the world into account – how we are taught to see bodies and judge bodies – I understand the confusion. But I am quite sure I can explain it. I want to tell you what I have learned and how I got here.'


In Happy Fat, comedian Sofie Hagen shares how she removed fatphobic influences from her daily life and found self-acceptance in a world where judgement and discrimination are rife.

From shame and sex to airplane seats, love and getting stuck in public toilets, Sofie conquered a negative relationship with her body and provides practical tips for readers to do the same – drawing wisdom from other Fat Liberation champions along the way.

Part-memoir, part-social commentary, Happy Fat is a funny, angry and impassioned look at how taking up space in a culture that is desperate to reduce you can be radical, emboldening and life-changing.

About the Author

A modern legend in her native Denmark, Sofie burst onto the British comedy scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, Shimmer Shatter, was a second total sell-out, which followed again with another sellout show in 2017, Dead Baby Frog. One of the founders of the wildly popular Guilty Feminist Podcast, she’s recently been seen on The Nightly Show and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. Sofie has spoken to millions as host of her successful Made of Human podcast, appeared on The One Show, The Now Show and Live From The BBC and has written for the Guardian and Standard Issue.

Industry Reviews

`This book is for anyone who has ever felt out of place in the world ... Sofie Hagen is who we don't deserve but we all need' Lena Dunham

`This book is the fat best friend you wished you had before endlessly trying to fit in' Scottee

`I loved every single word of this masterpiece! ... I want to hug every page, and shout it from the rooftops. It explains so beautifully what it is to be fat ... the shame you experience and but also the utter joy of learning to love yourself and to see through the lies' Helen Thorn, Scummy Mummies

`As an old-school stand-up of the self-deprecating variety, I found Sofie's book fascinating and it's introduced to me a whole new school of thought' Jo Brand

ISBN: 9780008293871
ISBN-10: 0008293872
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 2nd May 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.4  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.43

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