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If you are the girl, the woman who feels like she is never enough, that she will never be as strong, as good, as capable, I am here to tell you that you are enough. I am here to tell you that while it shouldn’t have been your burden, you can write a different story.

Stronger will change what you think you know about strength and, most importantly, empower you to go on your own journey to discover what strength looks like for you.

Now a competitive amateur powerlifter who can lift over twice her own bodyweight, Poorna Bell is perfectly placed to start a crucial conversation about women’s strength and fitness, one that has nothing to do with weight loss. In Stronger she challenges the notions taught to us as girls, and examines how all of us can tap into our reservoir of inner strength to make us our strongest selves mentally and physically. Describing taking up weightlifting after the death of her husband, she shows how discovering her own strength helped her to find the confidence that physical pursuits can amplify - the confidence that has been helping men to succeed for centuries - and that women can find, too.

In these pages, Poorna tells not only her own story but those of a range of women, investigating intersections of race, age and social background. Part memoir, part manifesto, Stronger explodes old-fashioned notions and long-held beliefs about getting strong and explores the relationship between mental and physical strength.

Whether you’re into weightlifting, running, swimming, yoga or don’t consider yourself to be sporty at all, Poorna shows how finding strength can work for you, regardless of age, ability or background.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2021 Poorna Bell (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Great read for any woman

I cried my way through the entire book. So powerful. Loved everything about it.

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I can’t recommend this book enough

I don’t usually listen to audiobooks as they don’t hold my attention. I rarely read or listen to non fiction.
But this book - captured me from the start and kept me going. Nodding along with the things Poorna said that I have been ranting about, exclaiming at the things she put in to words that I had felt but never been able to express, heart breaking at grief, laughing at jokes and family stories, and really feeling as though I was with her on this journey of growth and strength.
But not only Poorna. Through this book, I was able to join the journeys of so many other women, from a vast variety of backgrounds.
And by the end I was looking at my own journey, with a tear in my eye. Recognising my strength, even though I don’t often feel it.

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Read it!

An absolutely amazing book! I cannot recommend listening enough, puts in to words so many thoughts I have had about women being active (and so many more I wish I’d had).

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fantastic book!

loved every minute of it, very empowering and eye opening. would recommend it to every woman, man and any person interested in being comfortable with moving their bodies

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No more 5kg dumbbells for this girl 💪🏋💪

loved it..and Poorna Bell narrating her own book just made it even better. really made me think about why we have such self limiting beliefs..listening to this as i'm raising a 13yr old girl has been a gift..Thank you Poorna

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A MUST READ (OR LISTEN!)

Inspiring, factual, and relatable especially as an Asian woman about all the misconceptions about strength, body shapes, fitness and the industry of fitness and the impact on all aspects of health. Amazing personal stories and a book that all women (and men) should read. This subject is a topic for conversation that really needs to be had. Thank you.

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The book I didn't know I needed.

I was intrigued to read this book because I started to think about exercising 😱 (I am not a “sporty” person, and I felt like I needed to lose some lockdown weight).

It is one of the most inspirational books I have read. It told me so much that I didn't know but need to know. It is a must-read. Now I am thinking not about losing weight but about the importance of feeling stronger for myself.

There are so many messages from the book I want to share with my three young daughters and friends. I will be sending copies.

I loved hearing Poorna tell her story too. I will miss her voice my morning walks.

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Very Positive and Motivational

A really positive book that challenges both the boundaries we put in place for ourselves and those that are put in our way by others. Someone once said to me that physical strength is never a bad thing and this book expertly articulates the many benefits. Excellent narration by the author.

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Very powerful with something for everyone

It's fair to say Poorna has 'lived it', but despite all this she is very positive about where her life is now. Her strength journey is useful for everyone and it has certainly inspired me to go back to the weights section of the local gym and get some coaching. More than that its the holistic benefits of the lifting life and the benefits it has brought her and what it will bring to others. She challenges outdated concepts of what is feminine, what is masculine and the damaging effects this has had for both genders, race and age. This isn't a training plan, it's something better, a mindset

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Inspired

I've always had a lot of energy, but not really always encouraged into sport. This book has inspired me to look for community and joy in movement, and not worry too much about the gym!