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Some of us Just Fall

On Nature and Not Getting Better

Polly Atkin


Winner of the 2024 Lakeland Book of the Year Awards

After years of unexplained health problems, Polly Atkin’s understanding of her body had become fluid and disjointed. When she was finally diagnosed with two chronic conditions in her thirties, she began to piece together her own history: the fractures and dislocations, the exhaustion and medical disregard. Some of Us Just Fall is her timely, lyrical and insightful exploration of the stories we tell about our bodies and how they influence our lives and sense of belonging. A searing blend of memoir, nature writing and pathography, Some of Us Just Fall traces a remarkable journey through illness.

From misdiagnoses to wild swimming in the Lake District, Polly examines her genetic inheritance, her place in the natural world and her future in her body.

From the Media

 It made me yearn to revisit the Lake District and Grasmere, where Atkin lives, because her descriptions of her daily walks and swims were so beautiful. Perfect fif you love Amy Liptrot and Olivia Laing – Jack Clark, The Times








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197mm x 130mm small paperback



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