Florence Schechter's debut book "V: An empowering celebration of the vulva and vagina" was published by Penguin on 2nd March 2023.
The journey towards celebrating your vagina can be a long one. But once you set off, you'll never look back.
Are you ready to begin this all-important adventure, and reach a place of confidence and admiration for your vagina, vulva and incredible body? By the end of this book, you will be ready to talk about the vulva without shame or embarrassment. You will learn how vulvas have been admired in art and culture throughout history. You will discover how powerful your period really is. And you will find out how to smash stigma, label your labia, fight for your vulva's rights and find your Big V Energy!
Because, if the word is taboo, how can you talk about your vagina's health? If you can't label the vulva, how can you speak about pleasure? And if you don't know how your body works, how can you take care of it?
Join Florence Schechter, the creator of the world's first bricks and mortar Vagina Museum, and illustrator Nadia Akingbule, and find the confidence and pride to shout about your vagina from the rooftops!
About the author
Florence Schechter is the director and founder of the Vagina Museum. Her background is in science communication and she has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. Since it opened in 2019 in Camden Market, the Vagina Museum has been covered in international news from The New York Times to The Lancet to TIME magazine to even appearing in a joke in SNL's Weekend Update. The Museum relocated to Bethnal Green in 2022. She has presented at a number of conferences around the world about her work in activist museums. She has spoken about Vs everywhere, from the British Library, Science Museum, Royal Institution, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Tate Modern, to name a few. She came highly commended in the Women of the Future Awards 2017 in the arts and culture category for her work in the museum sector, won a Sexual Freedom Award in 2019 and was nominated for the Rising Star of the Year award by DIVA in·2020.
About the illustrator
Nadia Akingbule is an illustrator from London, working predominantly with themes relating to minority representation and activism. Alongside colourful editorial illustration, she specialises in portraiture, often referencing her experience as a person of dual heritage in her practice. Nadia’s work is diverse in content and context, spanning across workshops, branding and publication design, as well as editorial, commercial and book illustration. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting, crosswords, and spending time with her cat (and loyal assistant), Otis. She has created work for Black Girl Fest, Converse, England Football Team, gal-dem, Hachette Children’s Group, Refinery29, Stylist Magazine, Tate, V&A, and more.
View more of Nadia's work here: https://www.nadiaakingbule.com/
About Penguin Random House UK Children’s
Penguin Random House UK Children’s is a Penguin Random House company. Penguin Random House is the world’s most global trade book publisher. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Group Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.
Suitable for ages 14+
Length: 256 pages