Menopause: A Hot Topic is a fabulous little book. I’m not entirely sure whether I’m heading towards the dreaded menopause at the moment or not but what I can be sure of is that I will get there eventually and it’s good to read something relatively lighthearted, yet also informative, about it.

It’s broken up into sections entitled: Introduction, The Start, The Middle, The End, Pearls of Wisdom, Helping Hands, My Space and Thank You. The first four document Sam Bunch’s own experiences using her trademark dry humour. Despite the humour though, it’s clear that it has not been a walk in the park for her. She talks about her own varying symptoms and along the bottom of each page a symptom is printed. It really brings it home that anything and everything can happen to a woman during the menopause.

Pearls of Wisdom contains comments from over 50 women that Sam has spoken to about their own experiences of the menopause. This is something that Sam did to great effect in her first book, Collecting Conversations, in which she spoke to 100 women from their 20s to their 90s about their lives in a series of fascinating interviews (give me these over any celebrity interview any day). Here we have smaller soundbites but each is worthy of note and I think it’s always helpful to gain insights in this way, particularly as so much of what happens seems to be kept quiet and not talked about.

Helping Hands lists information and resources in the form of books, social media and professional help and My Space is a space for the reader to write in their own thoughts and feelings.

It’s a great read and at under 100 pages it’s also a quick one. I found it useful and interesting and it’s one I will come back to over the years to come.

Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes, 5/5

Menopause: A Hot Topic by Sam Bunch
Parks Publications 9781999880415 pbk Sep 2019