Liv’s Alone: Amateur Adventures in Solo Motherhood

When Liv Thorne was in her twenties, and single, she would joke to friends that if Mr Right didn’t come along she’d have to take matters into her own hands and have a child on her own. When she was still single in her thirties, it stopped being a joke and she started researching sperm banks and fertility clinics.

Liv’s Alone is an honest and hopeful memoir that captures the joy and the challenge that is parenting alone by choice. From dismantling the fairy tale story that we’re fed from a young age and grieving the life you thought you were going to have, to buying sperm from Denmark and bringing a baby into the world.

Guiding readers through the highs and lows with warmth, humour and understanding, Liv wants her book to be a little beacon of optimism for women who are in the same position she was in; late 30s, single and longing for a baby. This is Liv & Herb’s story, but hopefully a version of it will be yours.

First published in 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton – An Hachette Company

Cover design and the inspiration of this website design by The Woodbine Workshop


Thank you for writing this book. When I started my single journey 20 years ago, I struggled immensely and had nowhere to turn. I am sure this book will make a difference to many women who wanted nothing more than to become a mother. 

Anonymous DM, August 2021

Thanks so much for sharing. I have a friend who is starting the donation process and it has given me such an insight as to how she may be feeling.

Anonymous DM, August 2020

I just finished listening to you on Happy Mum, Happy Baby and I just had to say thank you so much for sharing your story. It resonsates with me so much. I've always said I'd get a sperm donor one day and as I'm getting older it feels more and more likely. Hearing your journey just comforts me so much and fills me with hope.

Anonymous DM, August 2020

You don't need to follow societal norms to be a parent, there are so many options and opportunities for humans with love to give.

Anonymous DM, July 2020

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Helpful Stuff

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Your Stories

There are so many ways to have a family. I promise you are not alone and neither am I. You will soon be able to read all about other peoples stories on how they became a family.

Things I Love

I am not known for my minimalism! Here you will be able to find links to all the things that make me smile, from recipes to baby products, from books to toys.

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