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It’s a big year for Lucy – she has met the love of her life and they’re planning to trade the city rat race for a Norfolk farmhouse, get married, and try for a baby.

But country life isn’t quite what Lucy imagined. Sure, there’s time to stop and chat, but where does she find the people to stop and chat to?

She has almost had it up to here when, one day, she stumbles across a local yoga club. There – in a small room above Knit and Knatter – she finds the laughter, friendship and wisdom to carry her as she struggles to win the egg and womb race.

A funny and heart-warming true story about one woman’s search for love and friendship in the lotus position.

Published by Ebury, a Random House imprint.

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Life beyond the yoga mat

The Handbag and Wellies Yoga club continues Lucy’s adventures from her last book Yoga School Dropout. It’s a heart warming story about embracing a slower pace of life in Norfolk, making new friends, being in love and her struggle to have a baby. What I love about Lucy’s writing is her openness, honesty and humour.

From an epiphany doing a headstand to enlightenment after a glass or two of Pinot Grigio with the Bad Ladies, this book draws you in as you share in the ups and downs of Lucy’s life. She proves that no matter what intentions we set and how many chants we sing or pretzel-like poses we master, the outcomes of our lives are often not in our control.

I thoroughly enjoyed both of Lucy’s books and this one in particular as it shows life beyond the mat but for a yoga fan like myself, there’s also a good dollop of cosmic mergers, chakra openings and Sanskrit chanting to keep you smiling all the way to the end.


Superb portrayal – serious subject, amusingly told

This deals with a vital subject sensitively and amusingly yet agonisingly. I was gripped and moved. Lucy Edge shows insight and takes one with her on a fascinating journey. So moving life and limb as well as getting to know oneself and a bunch of intriguing characters. She writes beautifully and with a natural flow…very very human and pertinent.

Christopher Roden

Delightful and uplifting

The soft green and pink cover-design prepared me for an engaging light read. Like Lucy, I practise yoga, and have sought the mystic Indians and swoony swamis she described in her previous volume, “Yoga School Dropout”. But Lucy’s autobiographical account touched me on a far deeper level than I had anticipated.
Lucy spent many years as an advertising executive in London. Marriage and babies could wait – long-term. Then, in her early 40’s, she followed her inner yearnings and headed to rural Norfolk with her new man. She wanted to become “fully secure in herself” for the first time in her life.
I spent a similar number of years as a single woman living and working in London. Then, at Lucy’s age, I too moved out to the countryside to become what she would describe as “an earth mother”.
But Lucy longed for children. And this, ultimately, after an agonizing hunt through fertility options, was to be denied her. Some parts of her story, where she accepts that this is one dream that is not going to come true for her, moved me to tears.
In sharing her experiences, Lucy not only made me laugh, in recognition and empathy; but also she inspired me. At her wedding, she thanked her father because “he taught me the importance of holding out for what I wanted – even if it took me more than forty years to find it.”
Lucy’s accounts of female friendship (her après yoga sessions over the Pinot Grigio with `the Cappuccino Gurus’ – her London yoga friends – and `the Bad Ladies’ of Norfolk) are a joy – and in part reminded me of “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells.
As she advises her yoga teacher friend Kate: ” `I suggest you do a Four Corners Collage – each corner represents an aspect of your life – relationship, home, family, work. I did one the year before I met David… and guess what,’ I said triumphantly, `I got everything I wanted’. I stared into my glass of Rioja. `Well, almost everything….'”
Lucy’s honesty and gentle humour make her story one to love.


An inspiring read

Lucy Edge writes honestly, bravely and wittily about herself and her real- life experiences. Her first novel, Yoga School Dropout,was also great but felt more niche due to how yoga oriented it is. This book however should be a must read for women everywhere whose career is their priority. For as Lucy makes it very clear, one’s fertility isn’t concerned about waiting for you to ‘make it’. Times have changed but our eggs haven’t! An inspiring, heartbreaking but equally uplifting read.

Mrs Jr Philips

A thoroughly good read

I really enjoyed `the Handbag and Wellies yoga club’. It mirrored so many of my experiences on swapping a London life for a rural one. But it was the author’s openness about her attempts to start a family that moved me. It left me reflecting on the choices I’d made in my own life, choices I often take for granted. I loved the portrayal of friendships, both new and old and how they supported the author through good times and bad. A thoroughly good read.

It made me laugh, made me feel sad, but ultimately left me feeling uplifted – I was glad to be reminded of the healing power of yoga, friendship and love.

S Sherriff