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The Sober Diaries Audiobook

The Sober Diaries: How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living

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Publisher's Summary

Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle, so she left her successful role as a managing partner in one of the world's biggest advertising agencies to look after her family.

She knew the change wouldn't be easy, but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day and spending her evenings Googling 'am I an alcoholic?'

This book is the bravely honest story of a year in Clare's life. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze-free and cancer-free, no longer has a wine belly and is two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. She has a happier family and a more positive outlook.

Sober Diaries is an upbeat, funny and positive look at how to live life to the full. Interwoven within Clare's own very personal and brilliantly comic story is research and advice as she discovers the answers to questions like:

  • How do I know if I'm drinking too much?
  • How will I cope at parties?
  • What do I say to friends and family?
  • How do I cope with cravings?
  • If I stop drinking, will I lose weight?
  • What if my partner still drinks?

And many more.

©2017 Clare Pooley (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • L.H.
    23/01/18
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    "Authentic"

    An honest, funny retelling of one woman’s journey to find her authentic self that was hidden by her all consuming life of alcohol. Inspiring and laugh out loud funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Shell Belle
    8/02/18
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    "I really couldn’t finish this book. Not for me."

    I’m really sorry to be what appears to be the only person that couldn’t bare this book.
    Initially I loved getting into Clare’s story and the narration really is excellent. But at points I felt like it was comparable to a Sophie Kinsella novel- extremely successful woman/ perfect life. Born into a wealthy life- had a good start in life, with great parents. Goes for nights out to the House or Lords, happy marriage, healthy children. Has nice holidays bla bla bla.

    Essentially this nice lady is comfortable & freedom of movement (denied to people who broke and have no prospects) to make her own choices and has the support of her husband, who is a good man.

    So I broke off from listening to this book with 5 hours to go, in tears. The penny dropped that I could no longer identify with this lady. Yes to a degree she is alcohol dependent, like so many of us. However I thought if she is struggling, what hope is there for me. Even worse, what hope is there for others trapped in worse life circumstances.

    This book just wasn’t for me. A book that has been an absolute tonic is The Joy of being Sober by Catherine Gray. Although our lives are different she projects so much hope. I’ve stopped drinking and am accepting the change well. It’s not hard when you look at the bottles of booze as poison. I lost my mum 20 years too soon (according to research) because of her drinking habit and my sibling is a raging alcohol tumbling through chaotic hell- I couldn’t recommend this book to her, but I have found others more suitable.

    Again great narration and great for yummy mums.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon T
    Birmingham
    14/02/18
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    "Loved it! "

    This is a great book and really inspiring for anyone trying to give up the booze and become sober. It's really helped me in my own journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Cara Mary Bowker
    21/02/18
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    "Wow"

    An amazing, funny and touching insight into Clare’s life and her journey of quitting g booze and cancer.
    So interesting and enjoyable to listen to - I couldn’t stop.
    Your words really spoke to me and I have as a result stopped drinking too (early days) but feel strong and hopeful.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story, your wisdom and your wit. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    13/02/18
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    "A very sobering book. Highly recommended. "

    Excellent book. This has really opened my mind. I listened to this twice in succession.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KS
    12/02/18
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    "Enjoyed whilst reassessing my drinking habits"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes - I have recommended to friends. I like the perspective it gives on drinking


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

    The moment when Clare's friend sent her the AA coin.


    Any additional comments?

    I unexpectedly enjoyed this book - going into it not really sure whether I had a problematic relationship with drinking and coming out of it completely reassessing my attitude towards it, particularly around my children and how it affects them. This book also manages to remain light hearted and not in the least bit preachy whilst hammering home a very serious message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    2/02/18
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    "WOW this book is great"

    Came upon this book by chance and have read it twice already. A serious and funny book all in one. Written by someone who has been there and can help others find their way out of the corner they have backed themselves into with their drinking. There is hope, there is joy. There is warmth and love and understanding. Read this if u want to change your relationship with drinking. Love the bringing to life of the concept of the wine witch. Life affirming. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    31/01/18
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    "Amazing. "

    I loved this book so much. I’ve always enjoyed story’s portrayed as a diary entry like Bridget Jones etc but this book genuinely brought me such positivity and made me realise things even I make mistakes with.

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  • mama
    23/01/18
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    "Best advert for sobriety "

    Such a brilliant book. I have listened to it twice. Funny, honest and heart breaking in parts. The determination and positivity of this book makes being sober the best thing you can do. It has helped me so much on my journey so far. And the energy i have since stopping drinking is amazing. Bad days do still happen and im learning so many ways to over come them. If Clare can beat breast cancer sober then I can deal with a night out or my toddler having a tantrum. Empowering stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M J Ratnajothy
    23/01/18
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    "Powerful, funny, though provoking "

    A book for a generation of women just like me. It’s a joyful and optimistic read that leaves you with a sense of hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juno
    20/01/18
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    "WARNING: This book may change your life"

    Brilliant, spine chilling in parts (in a good way), brutally honest, moving and educational. If you think your relationship with alcohol verges on the dysfunctional - try this entertaining, easy to listen to audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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