A Girl’s Guide to Personal Hygiene

Publication Date:

February 2018



Original language and publisher

English (UK) | Soft Skull

Territories Handled

World excl. English North America

Territories Sold

English (UK) (Scribe)



A Girl’s Guide to Personal Hygiene


“A Girl’s Guide to Personal Hygiene is everything I never knew I wanted: a disgusting, hilarious, and honest book that pays tribute to the female body and all of its habits and suppurations. It is delightfully and uncomfortably relatable and I love it with my whole self—heart, sweat, bowels, and all.”
—Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

“An indelicate, necessary treasure—its gross joys deliver humanizing relief.”
​—Alissa Nutting, author of Made for Love and Tampa

“This book should be tucked under punch bowls at every debutante ball and bundled with boxes of Girl Scout cookies from here on out.”
—Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot and Isadora

“Tallulah’s book is gleeful, gross, subversive, and beautiful all at once. It takes female bodies as far away from the male gaze as it is possible to get, and in doing so it rewrites the definition of femininity. We can’t wait to share this with all our favourite women.” — Sarah Braybrooke and Marika Webb-Pullman,  Scribe

“An unconventional illustrated gift book, a collection of true stories of women’s bodies.” — The Bookseller

“Hilarious, honest, and entertaining, Tallulah Pomeroy is a talented artist who turns funny AND REAL female hygiene stories into comical illustrations. You will pass this book around at dinner parties like it’s your personal diary.” — Women.com

“It doesn’t matter who you are, your age, your nationality, your gender, your habits, your religion and your beliefs. All of that is not important. Whoever you are, please, do yourself a favor and read this book… A Girl’s Guide to Personal Hygiene: True Stories, Illustrated will broaden your horizons. Even if you’re a neat person, you should read this. This book is about all women, deconstructing silly stereotypes.”—Books Turn You On

Girls are disgusting and gross and nasty.

On the surface, we can appear prim and proper, but I’ll be the first to admit: we can be filthy creatures. We can gather at a party, a picnic, a baby or wedding shower, even a book club, and talk about poop habits, puke catastrophes, pus-filled pimples in the oddest of places, and more.

Which is why these brave and funny and icky and gleeful and gross and real and completely shameless anecdotes will entertain the women in your offices. Even if they don’t admit it.

Tallulah Pomeroy’s A Girl’s Guide to Personal Hygiene started on Facebook, when Tallulah set up a group and asked her friends to share stories about their “unladylike” behaviors. Soon she was flooded with submissions about pooping during childbirth, farting on your significant other, and picking your nose when no one is looking. Her whimsical illustrations, reminiscent of one of my favorite artists, Quentin Blake, capture these stories in beautiful watercolors that first make you pause and then make you giggle.