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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

Narrated by: Sarah Wilson
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Sarah Wilson - best-selling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 650,000 people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life.

In her new audiobook, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences. 

Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she reframes anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters.

Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

©2018 Sarah Wilson (P)2018 Pan Macmillan AU

Critic Reviews

"Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I've ever read." (Mark Manson, best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

"At once a nomadic journey, a cri de coeur and a compendium of hard-won wisdom...." (Professor Patrick McGorry AO MD PhD FRCP FRANZCP FAA FASSA, 2010 Australian of the Year) 

"A witty, well-researched and often insightful book about negotiating a new relationship with anxiety." (Andrew Solomon, Professor of Clinical Psychology and author of The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression

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very self involved

This book simply wasn't for me. The timelines jump around with conflicting stories, there is alot of anecdotal evidence but mostly I found it overly self involved and priviledged. "nomad living" and running off to an ashram... may be engaging for some, but simply didn't resonate for me.

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a truely inspiring read

loved this book, learnt so much about myself and how highly functional people can still jave anxiety

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fabulous book - thank you for writing your story!

really interesting book and very helpful or help spread information and empathy for anxiety sufferers.

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loved every second

so relatable loved this book! Thanks Sarah you have very much helped me with your amazing book.

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Superb.

Fabulous, a must listen for anxiety suffers...or those with ‘existential yearning’ as Sarah aptly puts.

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Life Changing

Absolutely amazing. Sarah’s personal journey and the way she reads is such a wonderful experience!

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Heart Opening

Surprisingly calming. Lots of ideas to take with you. Always a great listen when the author narrates. Loved It x.

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Nakedly Honest, genuine, & heartfelt

This is a wonderfully intense and naked story of an educated, and ‘successful’ person who happens to have a public profile.. the joy, suffering, compassion and grace of Sarah, evident throughout this book, can not be understated.

I believe if you suffer from anxiety that sometimes, or often, has a significant impact in your life, you will meet a kindred Spirit through listening to this book.

And too, if you Love someone who is afflicted with anxiety, it may help you to understand the beast better and how to help manage it with a different perspective

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loved it

honest and wonderfully written. so many moments that I could identify with. thank you for writing this book.

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Fabulous Read

loved it. such a raw insight into something that can be fear gripping.. Sarah you help us to see the positive side to it all. No more hiding away anxiety in brackets, put it out there and own it... it's part and only part of what makes us uniquely us!