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Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes From the Forces




McClelland & Stewart Canada


Creative Writing, Editing, Non fiction, Writing


I introduce you to Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes From the Forces, my debut military memoir with McClelland & Stewart. I’m so honoured to be published by my dream publisher! In its first week, the book landed on the Globe and Mail bestseller list!

You can buy at your local independent or here:

Chapters Indigo


Penguin Random House

The book is also available in audiobook and ebook format, wherever you buy your books.

From the Publisher:
At eighteen years old, Kelly Thompson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family — she would, in fact, be a fourth-generation soldier — she couldn’t shake the feeling that she didn’t belong.
     From the moment she arrives for basic training at a Quebec military base, a young woman more interested in writing than weaponry, she quickly realizes that her conception of what being a soldier means, forged from a desire to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks, isn’t entirely accurate. A career as a female officer will involve navigating a masculinized culture and coming to grips with her burgeoning feminism.
     In this compulsively readable memoir, Thompson writes with wit and honesty about her own development as a woman and a soldier, unsparingly highlighting truths about her time in the military. In sharply crafted prose, she chronicles the frequent sexism and misogyny she encounters both in training and later in the workplace, and explores her own feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces, and a family legacy of PTSD, all while searching for an artistic identity in a career that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Thompson fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier.
     Girls Need Not Apply is a refreshingly honest story of conviction, determination, and empowerment, and a bit of a love story, too.

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