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Happy Fat: Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You

Narrated by: Sofie Hagen
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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‘I am a fat person and I love my body. I feel lucky to be able to say that. It has taken a lot of work and a lot of time to get here. I often meet people who are incredibly puzzled that I can love this body. Taking the world into account - how we are taught to see bodies and judge bodies - I understand the confusion. But I am quite sure I can explain it. I want to tell you what I have learned and how I got here.’ 

In Happy Fat, comedian Sofie Hagen describes how she conquered a negative relationship with her body and provides practical tips for listeners to do the same.   

She exposes how fatphobia is embedded in society at every level - in our relationships, our public spaces, and the TV shows we watch - powered by the toxic mix of capitalism and the media.   

Part memoir, part social commentary, in Happy Fat Sofie explains how she removed fatphobic influences from her daily life and found self-acceptance in a world where judgment and discrimination are rife - drawing wisdom from other Fat Liberation champions along the way.   

From shame and sex to airplane seats, love and getting stuck in public toilets, Happy Fat is a funny, angry and impassioned look at how taking up space in a culture that is desperate to reduce you can be radical, emboldening and life-changing.      

©2018 Sofie Hagen (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing book!

It gives you a great insight into others lived experiences, fat phobia and weight stigma.

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Delicious

Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen in a witty and subversive punch at diet culture and widely accepted narrative that we must shrink our bodies in order to be acceptable. Sofie made me laugh and cry in this book, and her narration brought out all of the delicious humour and nuance. 10/10. I’ll be keeping this to listen to again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-2020

So good and so real and important book

This book is so important and informative and really funny and real! Just give yourself the good experience off listening to this book and get educated about fat activism and fat liberation history between crying of both laughter and horror and the genius way this book is written!!

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  • Jessica Armstrong
  • 26-06-2019

Favourite!!

Happy Fat is the best book I've listened to in 2019 - maybe even for most of 2018, too!
I loved this - it was firm but kind, funny and sometimes sad.
While I haven't read-read the book, I think the audible version is probably better because we get Sofie's commentary on little bits and pieces which really added to the experience for me.
Thank you, Sofie Hagen! This is a wonderful book.

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  • Ingrid Louise Vold
  • 18-05-2019

Great!

I loved the book; the world needs more of this. And, listening to Sofie is a delight. I will recommend it to all of my friends :)

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 08-07-2019

I wanted to love it

The blurb really enticed me to buy this book. I'm fat and it's a relatively new concept to me. I've discovered also when it comes to buying ladies clothes you can't be fat and short. Not only am I fat, I'm very short, and all petite ranges stop at size 16. So I'm struggling in this world where seats in the cinema, on planes and in restaurants are incredibly uncomfortable because my feet don't reach the floor and my bum is squished up between the armrests. Sofie has managed to find a way to be comfortable with the size she is and the story of how she achieved this veers between amusing and upsetting. But she didn't espouse anything I didn't already know. I admire her attitude towards her weight, her sexuality, her career and her life in general and I commend her and wish her every success. She did a great job narrating her book in English but there were a few punchlines I didn't quite get because of her accent, which isn't strong at all but on certain words got a bit sticky. Still, I couldn't narrate a book in Danish so credit to her is definitely due. I really wanted to absolutely love this book and ended up only quite liking it. But you give it a try, you might love it. You can't please everyone.

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  • ThatPersonOverThere
  • 11-06-2019

Eye-opening

As someone who is relatively well informed about the marginalisation if some groups (e.g. queer, black, disabled) I'm sad to say that I hadn't before realised the extent to which fat people suffer the same systemic problems and oppression and without being a legally protected group. This book really helped me question my own thoughts and prejudices and to empathise more with fat people. Highly recommended.

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  • Eleanor
  • 16-02-2020

A really good read.

I would really recommend the audiobook - Sophie's narration is brilliant. There is some sound advice as well as some excellent anecdotes. Some sections made me laugh outloud as I walked along (there are some parts of the human anatomy that definitely shouldn't come into contact with bleach for example). I hope she writes many more books and I will keep an eye out for her doing stand up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-01-2020

Exceptional

This is a book for every body. Obviously Sofie is hilarious! It's a profound work and a wonderful tool.

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  • Michelle E.
  • 21-01-2020

amazing!

third time listening to it! absolutely love Sofie's humour. everyone should listen to this book

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  • Sophie Manley
  • 13-01-2020

read it!!

for every shape and size this will most definitely help you!! and love Sofie, she's so funny!

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  • A P
  • 01-11-2019

Thought provoking

I almost gave up listening to this early on, because Sofie Hagan is quite "in your face" and can get pretty aggressive about her views, which often aren't the same as mine. I realised that, as a formerly "very obese" person (now in the overweight category) who isn't in the least tempted to backtrack down that road, I wouldn't share all her ideas.

After finishing listening to the end, I believe that this book does have something to offer anyone. It has really made me think, and I hope I won't forget what I've learned that might help me to make other people's lives better.

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  • Annabel
  • 24-09-2019

Hilarious, Heartwarming and Radical

I loved Sofie on guilty feminist, I loved her podcast(s), I loved her BBC special on Netflix and I loved this book. Arguably her best work and her narration is hilarious, her accent and voice are ADORABLE and her politics are spectacular.

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  • Kerri Parsons
  • 08-08-2019

Inspiring!

This (audio)book is full of fascinating information, it's inspiring and I urge everyone to read (or listen to it). It's a bonus that Sofie Hagen herself reads it, because she has the best voice ever!

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  • Ceri M.
  • 26-07-2019

funny and important

hilarious Sofie Hagen helps you unpick experiences of fatphobia with a look at the world that Hope's for all people to be accepted and valued.
great book