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Shortlisted For the 2020 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize



I'm going to tell you the word that ruins my entire life: Big.

Because my name is Jemima Small but I am exactly the opposite...

A triumph of body positivity

The Bookseller


A thoroughly modern heroine


Drily funny, this touching book gives its readers permission to take up space

the Guardian

An ode to body positivity... funny, smart and mischievous

the i paper

A brilliantly funny and touching novel exploring big issues of bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning to be happy with who you are.

Jemima Small is funny and super smart. She knows a lot of things. Like the fact that she’s made of 206 bones, over 600 muscles and trillions of cells. What she doesn’t know is how that can be true and yet she can still feel like nothing…


Called Jemima Big by practically everybody at school, Jemima doesn't think her life could get any worse. Until she's weighed in front of her entire class and forced to join the school’s new "special" healthy lifestyle group - A.K.A Fat Club. She could not feel any less special.


But, Jemima knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest, so when she's given the chance to apply for her favourite TV quiz show, maybe it's her time to shine.

BBC Radio Leicester interview - Tamsin Winter
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Listen to Tamsin

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I have not been a very nice person.

I have lied to a lot of people I know. In fact, everyone I know.

You are probably not going to like me very much.

I have done some bad things. Some really bad things.