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Publisher's Summary

Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.

In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth: this hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals and a best-selling smartphone app, was a fraud. She had lied about having cancer - to her family and friends, to her business partners and publishers, and to the hundreds of thousands of people, including genuine cancer survivors, who were inspired by her Instagram posts.

Written by the same multiaward-winning journalists who uncovered the details of Gibson's lies, The Woman Who Fooled the World tracks the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace. Told through interviews with the people who know her best, it unravels the mystery and motivation behind this deception and follows the public reaction to a scandal that made headlines around the world.

The Woman Who Fooled the World explores the lure of alternative cancer treatments, the cottage industry flourishing behind the wellness and 'clean eating' movements and the power of social media. It documents the devastating impact this con had on Gibson's fans and on people suffering from cancer. Ultimately, it answers not just how but why Gibson was able to fool so many.

©2017 Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Such a well researched book

The story in itself is riveting but it's so well written and performed that it's easily one of the best books on the decade. You won't be putting it down!

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Engaging story although very sad

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman Who Fooled the World to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What does James Saunders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration brings a lot of personality to the telling of the story, he was very easy to listen to and narrated well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments in the book that were incredibly moving given the nature of the storyline. I felt extraordinarily sad for Belle, her lack of insight into her actions were difficult to listen to. The stories of those who live/have lived with brain cancer are particularly touching

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A very well written book, I enjoyed the entire book. The narrator made it particularly enjoyable to listen to.

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incredible story

honestly, I was intrigued but not expecting to be so ropped in as I was, just couldn't stop listening. Well written and such an articulate narrator. Will listen again!

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An interesting read

I enjoyed this book. My only criticism is that the timeline of Gibson’s scam is someone confusing because it jumps around a bit. Otherwise, very good.

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Gripping story

Impressed by the amount of research that went into this book, which contrasts the lives of real cancer sufferers with Belle Gibson’s fake cancer story. It also paints a fairly bleak picture of modern day reporting in the age of social media

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Brilliant

Brilliantly written and narrated. This was one of those I couldn’t put down (or ‘pause’ in this case). The narration was especially superb. Thank you Audible; another superb entry into the world of audible reading.

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Insightful, emotional and captivating

I followed her downfall closely as it happened having only vaguely heard of her so I've always been interested in the case. She is an interesting individual for lack of a better term. It was captivating and insightful and I was touched by some of the real cancer stories woven in. I'm an torn as to whether she is the way that she is because of her mother or if she has a mental illness. Either way I hope in time she owns up to what she has done to people.

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Fascinating. Captivating

What a story. So hard to believe that this really happened. Loved it, highly recommended.

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informative & food for thought

an engaging piece of writing, beautiful descriptions which enables the reader to fully appreciate the gravity of the deception. an important piece of work indeed.