With honesty, love, and humour, in this moving memoir, Kelly S. Thompson explores her relationship with her older sister, Meghan. Tested by addiction, abuse, and illness, the sisters’ relationship crumbles, only to be rebuilt into an everlasting bond.

“Heroic and unforgettable.” Lindsay Wong, Writer’s Trust Award-Winning Memoirist

Kelly S. Thompson

Writer, Editor, Educator

Kelly S. Thompson is an award-winning writer of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She is author of national bestselling memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, which the Globe and Mail listed as one of the top 100 books of 2019. She has been long listed for the CBC nonfiction prize and is an MFA mentor at University of King’s College Creative Nonfiction program. 


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Quill & Quire

She certainly knows how to set a scene: her dialogue is authentic and she is adept at deploying telling detail. . . . The author ...
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Hamilton Arts & Letters

The point is that Thompson has chops, and shows the same care and skill with her prose that she does with her service weapon. This ...
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My latest blog posts


Invisible Veterans in the Globe and Mail

I’m very aware that as a writer and published author, I have a platform with which to talk about big subjects. As a freelancer, I ...
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Discussing Girls Need Not Apply on Fainting Couch Feminist Podcast

On a recent trip out to Vancouver, the amazing Mica Lemiski hosted me to appear on her amazing podcast, Fainting Couch Feminists. I’ve long been ...
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Appearance on The Social with Rick Mercer!

Last week was quite the week. I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Social, a show I love for its honesty, hilarity, and ...
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Donating Royalties to Veteran Charity, 1-11 November!

I’m excited to announce that royalties of Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces, will be donated to Women Warriors Healing Garden from ...
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BooksCreative Non-FictionPublishing

Exclusive excerpt of Girls Need Not Apply released on Chatelaine.com

Some people know that my first publishing home was with Chatelaine magazine, where I wrote a blog called Under Fire. It was an honour when ...
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Recent Rave Reviews of Girls Need Not Apply

I’ve been lucky to have several great reviews of my memoir, Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces. While some focus on the ...
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