An anthology published by Jigsaw and edited by Sonder & Tell in aid of Women for Women International.

What happens when you ask 28 women writers to break away from the themes and forms that feel safe to them, and ask them to create something brave, vulnerable and new?

For #comfortzonesthebook we asked writers to think about their usual subject matter, and then work against it. In this collection of essays, letters and stories you’ll find journalists tackling their first works of fiction, reflective essays that take an unflinching look at past failures as well as big ideas for creating a kinder world.

We know what you're thinking: Jigsaw sell clothes, not books

We’ve always known that the Jigsaw woman is smart, funny and informed, someone who buys clothes because of the stories they tell as much as the way they look. So when content agency Sonder & Tell came to us with the idea for an anthology of essays, letters and stories by some of our favourite women writers, we knew we had to make it work. Even better that in publishing Comfort Zones we’ve been able to raise money for a brilliant cause, as 100% of proceeds will go to Women for Women International. We hope you enjoy reading our book as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.

The Authors

You might be familiar with many writers in this book, but you won’t have read them like this before

Journalist and founder of The Sunday Salon podcast and events series.
Journalist, writer and editor-in-chief of Jigsaw.
Award-winning author of The Modern Cook’s Year and columnist at the Guardian.
Writer, comedian, journalist and author of Talk Yourself Better.
Executive Director of Women for Women International-UK.
Award-winning journalist and deputy editor of gal-dem; author of Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children.
Journalist, author of How to Be a Grown Up and Sisterhood (March 2019).
Journalist; author of The Multi-Hyphen Method; host of Ctrl Alt Delete podcast.
Novelist; journalist; host of How to Fail with Elizabeth Day podcast.
Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan UK, author of The Discomfort Zone.
Contributing beauty editor Vogue; author of Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour.
Content director at Refinery29 UK.
Author of award-winning Butterfly Fish and Speak Gigantular short story collection.t
International editor for Channel 4 News; author of In Extremis.
Author of HELP ME!, a book which details a year spent living according to self-help manuals.
Editor of Guardian Feast; author of The Edible Atlas and Mamma.
Features editor at RED Magazine; founder of Conversations on Love newsletter.
Co-founder of Babyface agency; deputy editor at Dazed Beauty.
Author of Sympathy and Exposure.
Journalist and co-host of pop culture podcast The High Low.
Journalist; founder of The WW Club and author of The Working Women’s Handbook.
Award-winning journalist and author of Chase the Rainbow and In Search of Silence.
Author of Man Booker longlisted The Water Cure and Blue Ticket.
Journalist, writer, editorial consultant, scriptwriter.
Journalist, editor of XXY Magazine.
Editor-at-large at Grazia; campaigner for fair rents.
Multi-award winning journalist and co-author of bestselling Slay in Your Lane.
Editor of Broadly UK (Vice Media) and author of Forgotten Women book series.

Women for Women International

The concept of comfort zones – of questioning the parameters we set ourselves and how it feels to move beyond them – has been inspired by the incredible stories from Women for Women International.

Since 1993, almost half a million women survivors of war have taken part in their year-long training programmes in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. Each woman, joining a group along with 24 others, learns marketable job skills – like tailoring, bread-making or poultry-keeping – so they can go on to earn a sustainable income.

With your help, women can graduate from the Women for Women International programme with the skills, knowledge and resources to become successful entrepreneurs. They will pass on their knowledge to their neighbours and children, creating a ripple effect.

Women for Women International UK is a registered charity (charity number: 1115109)

How can I get involved?

Host a reading night

Gather your friends around, light some candles, serve some wine and choose do a reading from Comfort Zones or any other book you love. Get everyone to donate £5-£10 to Women for Women International’s Just Giving Here.

Read aloud on Instagram

Remember reading a passage out at school? It was always nerve-wracking even if you were the best in class. We challenge you to read out your favourite passage from Comfort Zones to your Insta community. Don’t forget to tag #comfortzonesthebook

Spread the word

Share us on instagram (don’t forget to tag #comfortzonesthebook @insidejigsaw and @sonderandtell leave us a review, or buy us as presents for your mum, daughter, dad, granny. There’s a story for everyone in comfort zones.

Attend an event

We are hosting a series of reading and writing events from 30 April in order to raise money for the incredible work of Women for Women International. Keep an eye on @insidejigsaw and @sonderandtell for details.