Lifestyle · May 20, 2019

I have some news!

and oh my god, I’m writing a book!

A REAL LIFE BOOK! One that you can get dog-eared, love unconditionally and make notes in GCSE style until your heart is content. After about two years of ideas, writing a proposal and swatting away endless bouts of self doubt, it’s now an actual ~thing~ that’s happening, and I can’t quite believe it. I feel clammy handed even typing this (will file this post under ‘things I never thought I’d type’).

Anyway! THE BOOK! Called The Insecure Girl’s Handbook- this little piece of kit aims to be an extension of The Insecure Girls’ Club, and a peppy pick me up when you need it most. I wrote it to be the book I so often needed when I didn’t have girlfriends at my beck and call- when I couldn’t have a girly chat on the phone and needed the kind of pick me up only 10 episodes of Friends can offer (but when you’re a little time starved for that)…

The book will guide you through your insecurities no matter what life stage you’re at, pointing out the pitfalls of people pleasing, negative backchat and crippling comparison along the way. It’s a carefully curated toolkit of tried and tested mechanisms and small pearls of wisdom to start combatting that feeling that holds us back from speaking up, from following our dreams or even feeling that our dreams aren’t good or big enough- from many wise women that have been there and come out the other side. I hope it will provide you with a comforting hug and pep talk, from one insecure girl to another, so you can stop imposter syndrome in its tracks and halt the waves of self-doubt that sometimes unexpectedly flood our work life, friendships, relationships and every other crevice in between.

I really want it to be the resource I had when I was a teenager. The kind of pick me up I felt after reading articles in Company magazine, and to be fully reflective of the conversations I had and continue to have now with some of the most brilliant women in my life. To show that insecurities aren’t our weaknesses, but our strengths- and by sharing them we can make the world a little bit smaller.

In the next couple of weeks I’ll be asking for you to get in touch- asking questions and hopefully getting some of you wonderful women involved, to share your stories and add soul to the body of this book. This isn’t a book about me, but a book about us. I want it to include as many stories, perspectives and contributions as possible- so watch this space!

Hopefully this explains why things have been a bit quiet around here over the last few months too! Juggling a book, wedding, blog, podcast and newsletter can sometimes be a lot for one pair of hands (and I wanted to avoid any ‘secret project’ ambiguity if I could). Throughout June I’ll be taking a little break to tie everything neatly up in a book-shaped-bow so that it’s everything I hope it can be and more when it comes to printing time later this year. I’ll be back not long after the wedding though, so hopefully the archives can keep you occupied until then!

If you’d like to give the book a preorder now, you can see more and do that here and here. It means the world.

EEEEK! So that’s, that?! Thank you for all your support always, I truly couldn’t do this without you lovely lot. I know it sounds gushy, but after nearly a decade of writing this blog, having so many dedicated voices continue to show up and support me means the world. Honestly, thank you. This is all incredibly surreal- I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. Thank you x100000.

Liv x


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    Molly Osborne
    May 20, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    OH MY GOD! This is the best news I’ve heard all year! I cannot wait for this, *frantically pre-orders and waits by the door…*

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    Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    May 21, 2019 at 6:55 am

    That’s super exciting! It can’t wait to read it. Xx

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    May 22, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Congrats Liv, I saw you in our offices a few weeks ago in the rooftop cafe and nearly came over to say I loved your dress, though didnt want to interupt your meeting as I assume you were discussing a book project. I work in another division of Hachette so pleased you’re publishing with us as I’ve been following your blog over the last five years. x

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    May 23, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Congrats, this is so exciting! 🙂 Looking forward to reading the book next year!

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    Jasmine Harding
    May 23, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Only the BEST NEWS EVER. I am SO SO excited, happy and just over the moon for you. So well deserved and I know it is going to be an absolute joy of a read and what all us girls need. So much love to you.

    Jasmine xxxx

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    May 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    This is amazing news Liv, oh my goodness – congratulations, I can’t wait to read it!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    May 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    This is amazing news – and this is coming from someone who knows the sheer amount of work, and the ups and downs writing a book involves! Can’t wait to read it!

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    Alexa Marsh
    May 28, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    That is amazing news! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Holly White
    May 30, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Ahh so amazing! I can’t wait to read it! xx

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    June 1, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I went to Darrick wood when you were in sixth form and I can’t believe how far you have come. Wow. The book title sounds amazing. Do u mind explaining game process of getting a publisher?

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    Ivana Split
    June 30, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    so great you’re writing a book!

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    Kiran Singh
    July 18, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Congratulations Olivia! I’m sure more blessings are coming your way! x

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    Kirsty Jarvie
    July 23, 2019 at 11:51 am

    This is so exciting, Liv. Congrats! I cannot wait to read it. It sounds like a book all us girls need at some point!

    Kirsty |

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