My book, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement is going to be published on 4 January 2016. I picked this date because it is the beginning of the new year weight loss season and the first day back to work for people who have to hustle for a living. I thought that this would be when readers would need something really encouraging about hope and social change at this bleak time of year.
But then there is the holiday season and there are people out there who might want to get a copy for themselves or for those they love, or their enemies, or as a philanthropic gesture because they've seen A Muppet Christmas Carol and now understand the error of their ways. What about them? They can't wait until January.
In light of this, PRE-ORDERS ARE NOW OPEN (Edited to add: the book is now out! Get it here). This means you can order the book now and get a little card to give to whoever, and you will be first in the queue when it drops on 4 January. People in the UK who pre-order will get an exclusive badge too.
HammerOn and I thought that we should make a seasonal video to publicise this fact. So on a bright Halloween we gussied up my front room to look like a winter wonderland, complete with fake snow. Have a peep.
The video was made by Emma Thatcher assisted by Ansis Kirmuzs. Didn't they do a great job! Here they are in action:
The soundtrack is by the brilliant Verity Susman. It's actually the Fattylympics Anthem but it sounded quite xmassy too.
I wrote the words for the Anthem, here they are. Sing along as you click 'Buy'!
The Fattylympics Anthem 2012
Words by Charlotte Cooper, music by Verity Susman
When you're looking in the mirror and you don't like what you see
Try to dream of social justice
Try to dream of being free
Trapped in the shadow of a corporate beast
You don't have to fuck people over to survive
You can try a different way
Maybe today we'll learn a new way to be alive
Let's try to dream it together
Let's dream it together today
It won't be perfect because things never are
But when times are hard we'll remember messing around in the park
Doo doo doo doo doo doo...