Miranda Ward

Miranda Ward is a writer, editor and lecturer based in the UK. She has a PhD in cultural geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, where her research centred on the geographies of lap swimming and the indoor swimming pool. She is particularly interested in the relationship between space, place and the body.

She grew up on a cattle ranch in California and now lives in Oxford.

Her memoir, Adrift: Fieldnotes from Almost-Motherhood, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2021.

Selected praise:

‘Adrift is, quite simply, the best book on its subject I have ever read. Miranda’s thoughtful, sharp, insightful, funny, brave, honest and often painful writing on fertility has given form and life and language to something fundamental and universal. I wish I’d had it years ago. I’m so glad to have it now. The clever use of structure, the humour, the feather light touch of her narrative voice; it is the sort of book that makes you wish you were a better writer. I have no doubt it is going to help a lot of people and touch many more.’ – Nell Frizzell

‘It’s long past time we stopped tip-toeing around the subject of miscarriage and started to acknowledge the difficult space between pregnant and not and all the emotions that live there. (Contrary to common belief, you can in fact be a little bit pregnant). Miranda Ward gets the conversation started in this thoughtful, beautifully-written, devastating exploration of the will to reproduce and the wildness of the body. This is a vastly important and necessary book.’ – Lauren Elkin

‘I was both captivated by Miranda Ward’s story and impressed by her attention, perspective and understatement. Her experience of “almost motherhood” is told with truth and clarity in a way that will be a comfort to some and a revelation to others.’ – Amy Liptrot