Madame Ovary by rosa hesmondhalgh

‘Can you tell me on a scale of 1-5 how bad the pain is, Rosa?’

I think for a minute. Kidney stone pain was pretty bad. My tattoos were like a 3. Being told I was wifey material but not worth committing to ‘just at the moment’ was definitely a 5.

‘I’m gonna say a 4,’ I whisper back.

It’s the middle of January. Rosa is only just over her hangover and writing her New Year’s resolutions. This is going to be her year. She is going to stop going out with plonkers, start doing yoga and write loads of Really Good Art.


But before she’s had time to delete her dating apps and get into downward dog she’s diagnosed. With ovarian cancer. And it’s spread. Suddenly, faced with hospitals, chemotheraphy and her own mortality, Rosa’s new goal for the year ahead is to survive it.


Based on Rosa’s real life and the blog she wrote during treatment, Madame Ovary explores the typical struggle a 20-something has with trying to stay relevant, and the less typical struggle of trying to stay alive.




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