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Back, After the Break

Narrated by: Osher Günsberg
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
5 out of 5 stars (363 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A revealing, raw, funny, and heartfelt memoir from one of Australia's most well-known and well-liked celebrities.

Osher Gunsberg, one of Australia's most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny, and heart-wrenching memoir about life, love, and living with mental illness. It's hard to remember a time when Osher Gunsberg (or Andrew G, as he was then) wasn't on TV - he's just always been there, looking at ease in the spotlight, beaming a big smile, with a questionable haircut. He was there hanging out with The Offspring backstage at the Warped Tour on Channel V; announcing to a national audience of three million people that Guy Sebastian was our first Australian Idol; and later capturing the heart of the nation by hosting every season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and now Bachelor in Paradise.

But while everything looks great from the outside, the real picture has not always been quite so rosy. Osher has always known he's different to most other people. Struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, and weight issues since he was young, he tried for years to drink away the anxiety and depression. He ended up unemployed, divorced, suicidal, and certifiable on the other side of the world, yet somehow he managed to put the broken pieces of his mind back together and make a life for himself again. He lives with a mental illness - and he's come to terms with it to live an authentic, rich, and fulfilling life.

©2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited

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Footnote, blah blah blah. Back to the book

This would be a much better book with less footnote rambles.

Osher has a great story to tell and empowering journey to bettering yourself.

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I had hoped for more

I didn't love this book, the amount of unnecessary footnotes were annoying. I am unsure what I think of Osher now as I found arrogance coming through the pages. it was brave to bare his soul though.

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Couldn't stop listening

I loved it! wasnt a fan of so many 'foot notes' though, but I guess they had to be in there.

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Inspiring and thought provoking

A wonderful listen to a man full of stories and experiences. The honestly was refreshing and I would truly recommend this book to anyone who has followed Osher. Or who has had a fight with demons in their life.

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Very open and honest discussion

Great to see a high profile person sharing their mental health experiences. Hopefully this will help a lot of people out there.

Love the format this has been written in. It is like listening to Osher talk about his experiences.

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Entertaining and inspiring

Osher's performance of this book really brings it to life and makes it very engaging. Inspiring story about his mental health struggles and personal growth.

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Back after the break

It is a great story about the mental struggle Osher has endured. Listening to it would be a lot easier than reading. A lot about the music industry is spoken about. Stick to the book, feels great to know how it ends.

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Great Book

Aside from the initially frustrating footnotes (I got used to them in the end) this book was really interesting, I really appreciate the honesty and openness it was written with.

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Raw, Emotional and Real

It touched my heart listening to Osher's difficult journey navigating the unknown and confronting journey of mental illness. His vivid descriptions of the emotions and thoughts he encountered made the story relatable to empathetic readers. A beautiful story of recovery from rock bottom, I would recommend to others who enjoy emotional biographies. My only minor criticism is the occasional nuggets of advice that come across a little "preachy", and the excessive conversational footnotes scattered throughout.

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Interesting life story, told with humour & honesty

this was a really interesting story to listen to and I loved Osher narrating it. He is honest and has a great tone, especially when it comes to the footnotes of the book (and then says "back to the book"). I watched him on tv in the mid 2000's but had no idea what he was going through. His rise to fame was an interesting one and I always love stories of where someone started out and the opportunities that come their way. He seems like a really nice guy now but he tells us how arrogant and conceited he way. Very honest and inspiring. I did feel that when he quit alcohol it came across as easy - he just decided to quit and did so - but perhaps there was more to the struggle than was conveyed. He did talk about AA and meetings but I guess he had had enough as well. His journey of overcomming his addiction, overcomming strong psychiatric drugs and his commitment to therapy was amazing. A very inspiring story and I hope teenagers read this and don't mess with drugs because of the damage it can do!

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Unexpected, and wonderful.

I really only knew Osher from Idol and The Bachelor, and always presumed he was a vacuous TV celeb. Not so - he has a depth of character and an intelligence that I missed completely in my superficial presumption. The story of his life is interesting to start with, but the battles with mental health are a brave, and brilliant, revelation. The story is full of humility, honesty, love, and ultimately triumph. I have gained a deep respect for the man himself, and also an excellent resource for people I know who want to know more about how mental health. I work in a related field, and I can see myself recommending this to clients who don't necessarily perceive themselves as suffering from mental illness.
A brilliant book.

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