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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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I really enjoyed this book. Very funny in parts and had me feeling emotional too. All up a very worthwhile read.

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Positive Story on Getting Sober

Claire tells her story with humour, honesty and compassion. It’s the most positive story of getting sober I’ve read. Loved it. Thanks Claire

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-2018

Excellent

it was a great book. interesting , accurate and helpful. I would recommend to anyone struggling with alcohol addiction.

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  • Melissa A
  • 15-04-2018

So helpful!!

This book helped me SO much on my road to recovery. So nice to hear about the ups and downs in a realistic way! So glad I found this book!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2018

This book helped me so much!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is trying to stop drinking alcohol. Clare Pooley is so inspirational!

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  • Elizabeth Kuyl
  • 07-04-2018

Wie.. inspiring...

I learned so much, thank you Clare Pooley. Day one is coming around the corner 👊🏼

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  • April Rudder
  • 31-03-2018

Brilliant!

This was such a good read! It has you engaged the whole entire time. I really hated when I got to where I was going cause I just wanted to keep on listening. I honestly felt like I was watching a movie. It’s a very funny heartfelt and very honest look into drinking. I highly recommend this to anyone!

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  • L.H.
  • 23-01-2018

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.

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  • KS
  • 12-02-2018

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.

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  • Simon T
  • 14-02-2018

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.

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  • Mrs Cara Mary Bowker
  • 21-02-2018

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.

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  • Liz
  • 13-02-2018

A very sobering book. Highly recommended.

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2018

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
  • 23-01-2018

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.

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  • M J Ratnajothy
  • 23-01-2018

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.

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  • Juno
  • 20-01-2018

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.

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  • Nic Richardson
  • 19-01-2018

Life Changing

Truly brilliant and inspiring I’m on day 3.

Thank you Sober Mummy you have got me to where I needed to be. And going in the direction I needed to go....

Lots of love x

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  • GlynnH
  • 13-01-2018

A Book We Can All Relate To

What made the experience of listening to The Sober Diaries the most enjoyable?

The Sober Diaries are easy to listen to, informative, real life and the message is enhanced with appropriate humour.

What did you like best about this story?

Many books about going sober are written by self-proclaimed alcoholics that hit rock bottom.Claire's book is different, she was a 'normal' 3-6 large glasses of wine a day drinker, has a good career and family. Many of us can see ourselves as 'normal' drink too much imbibers and can relate to Claire's diary entries as they reflect ourselves. We are functional and never need a park bench, yet, we have an unhealthy relationship with the booze.

Have you listened to any of Karen Cass’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other performances by Karen Cass. This performance is one of the best read audio books I have listened to.

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

A moving part was Clare's cancer and not having a drink to numb things when told she had it. I had cancer and chemo over many months on two separate diagnosis a few years ago and I can relate what was going through her mind. She was so strong, it would have been easier to reach for the bottle as she had only been alcohol free for a few months at the time.

Any additional comments?

Although I drink alcohol, I have not had any since listening to The Sober Diaries. Perhaps I will ditch the booze permanently as it does not contribute anything to my life (I'm crazier at parties when not drinking as no one can point the finger and say 'he must have had a few!'

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