An Inclusive Illustrated Guide to Life in 100+ Questions


'Informative and bold' Dr Karen Gurney | 'Compassionate, artistic, tasteful' Joshua Fletcher

What is the most personal thing you've asked the Internet? Illustrator Hazel Mead turns to Google to uncover what we secretly ask search bars about our relationships, bodies and identities. With hundreds of demystifying and empowering illustrations, she offers a fun, shame-free and inclusive guide to life's big questions. This is the emotional curriculum you'll wish was taught in every classroom.

What if there was a book that explored the big lessons of life? Sure, formal education will equip you with requisite knowledge on photosynthesis. But when it comes to spotting the green flags in a prospective partner, navigating yours or a loved one's grief, knowing how to prepare for a cervical screening, or to practicing self-defense, it can feel like total guesswork.

Using the latest research, interviews with experts, and her signature visuals, Hazel interrogates the taboos that shame us into silence. Since the answers to life's big questions are rarely black and white, she answers them in colour, with accessible design and compassionate reflections. Why Aren't We Talking About This?! is an exploration of the things we're too afraid to ask but desperately need to know and talk about for greater acceptance of others and ourselves. It's a bold invitation to forget normal and embrace what makes you unique.


  • Hazel's work is as informative as it is entertaining ... An exciting, bold new voice
    Dr Karen Gurney, Clinical Psychologist & Psychosexologist and author of 'Mind the Gap'

About the author

Hazel Mead

Hazel Mead is an illustrator who comes from a family of artists. Known for her viral illustrations demystifying periods, pointing out sexism and inviting us to look at each other with empathy, Hazel Mead's work showcases diversity and invites us all to see others with an open mind and to think critically about stereotypes in the media. She likes to use her art to start conversations and question taboos and social norms to help everyone feel like they can be themselves. She can be found on Instagram, as @Hazel.Mead
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