My Body Keeps Your Secrets (eBook)


Lucia Osborne-Crowley
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In her first full-length book, Lucia Osborne-Crowley, author of the acclaimed Mood Indigo essay I Choose Elena, writes about the secrets a body keeps, from gender identity, puberty and menstruation to sexual pleasure; to pregnancy or its absence; and to darker secrets of abuse, invasion or violation.

The voices of women, trans and non-binary people around the world, and the author’s own deeply moving testimony, cohere into an immersive polyphonic memoir that tells the story of the young person’s body in 2021. In this boldly argued and widely researched work about reclaiming our bodies from shame, Osborne-Crowley establishes her credentials as a key intersectional feminist thinker of her generation.

My Body Keeps Your Secrets

I read once that if you want to forgive someone for something – I mean really forgive – something has to die. That grief and loss and acceptance are necessary ingredients of truly letting go. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s fly in the bottle. Wittgenstein said that systems of abuse are like putting a fly in a bottle. The fly can see out at the world because the glass is transparent. But the structure of the bottle is so vast and so consuming of the fly’s small world that it cannot see the glass it is looking through; it thinks it is seeing the world as it really is.

And because the fly cannot see the structure imprisoning it, it is useless to say: You are in a bottle! The fly trusts that its perception of the world is real; to it there is no bottle.

All you can do is help the fly escape the bottle. Only from the outside, flying above it, will the fly be able to see what was imprisoning her.

The body is a very lonely place, especially when it is under threat. And some bodies are always under threat.

As I write this, the world is facing a crisis, the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The UK is in lockdown. Boris Johnson’s government has closed all schools and cancelled GCSE and A level exams until further notice. The whole country has been ordered to work from home.

We are not allowed to go to friends’ houses. All the bars, restaurants and cafes have been ordered to close. A few remain open for takeaways only, but anyone lining up must stand at least two metres away from other people.

This morning, I went for a walk on my own in the sun. I grew up in Australia, and I desperately need vitamin D to stay happy. It is a spring day in London, 23 March 2020. There is not a cloud in the sky, and there are daffodils everywhere.

As I walk through the clear air and look at the fresh flowers, I feel a strange combination of positivity and dread. This really feels like the end of days, but I am calm.

Law and Crime Podcast, 11 January 2022: ‘Obviously, This Is a Big Deal’: Reporter Who Broke Ghislaine Maxwell Juror Story Opens Up About the Complicated Fallout

Lucia Osborne-Crowley for The Independent, 5 January 2022: Ghislaine Maxwell juror breaks silence to The Independent: ‘This verdict is for all the victims’

The YourShelf Podcast, 30 September 2021: Not Looking Away with Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Jessica Payn for The Arts Desk, 28 September 2021: 10 Questions for writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley: The author of ‘My Body Keeps Your Secrets’ on trauma, shame and community

Lucy Hall for the Guardian, 28 September 2021: I survived rape, but I didn’t understand what trauma would do to me

Lucia Osborne-Crowley for The Bookseller, 24 September 2021: Rosie Jones | ‘I wanted to write the book I needed as a child’

Freya Bennett for Ramona Magazine, 9 September 2021: My Body Keeps Your Secrets: Interview with Lucia Osborne-Crowley

 Emily Clements for Kill Your Darlings, 9 September 2021: Books Roundup: Small Joys of Real LifeThe Things We See in the LightLies, Damned LiesMy Body Keeps Your Secrets

BBC Radio Melbourne, 8 September 2021: Mornings with Virginia Trioli

Lucia Osborne-Crowley for Stylist, 2 September 2021: Author of My Body Keeps Your Secrets, Lucia Osborne-Crowley, on the lessons she learned after a devastating breakup

Lucia Osborne-Crowley for The Curiosity Club, 1 September 2021: How My Cat Helped Me Kick My Alcohol Addiction

Emily Bootle for New Statesman, 1 September 2021: Reviewed in short: New books from Carole Hooven, Kristian Shaw, Lucia Osborne-Crowley and Jay Parini

Lucia Osborne-Crowley for Vogue Australia, 31 August 2021: What if, in order to find true love, you need to be alone?

The Owl on the Bookshelf, 2 September 2021: Review of My Body Keeps Your Secrets by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Lucia Osborne-Crowley for Meanjin Quarterly, 8 February 2021: What if We Never Recover?

Melanie Kembrey for The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 December 2020: The most anticipated books of 2021 

The Papertrail Podcast, December 2019: 045 – Lucia Osborne-Crowley

The YourShelf Podcast, September 2021: #12 Not Looking Away with Lucia Osborne-Crowley

The Garret: Writers on writing Podcast, September 2021: At home with Lucia Osborne-Crowley

The Glass House Podcast, October 2021: Lucia Osborne Crowley

Adelaide Writers’ Week Podcast, March 2022: AWW22 My Body Keeps Your Secrets – Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Late To It Podcast, November 2022: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman and My Body Keeps Your Secrets by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

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