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Publisher's Summary

I tried so hard to find balance between my creative career and my personal life, but the more I tried to separate them, the more balance eluded me. It was only when I began to fuse the two that I realised there is no such thing as having a creative career and a personal life - there is only a creative life. That realisation and the freedom it gave me remains one of the most significant of my life.

Samantha Wills started her self-titled jewellery company on the kitchen table of her share house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney when she was just 21 years old. While her rise to the global stage looked meteoric to many, Samantha has said 'It took me 12 years to become an overnight success.'

Following Samantha's journey, from being named a breakout star by The New York Times to barely being able to breathe on a hotel room floor, Of Gold and Dust is so much more than a business memoir. In her unique, confessional tone, Samantha tells the intimate details of her life and business, sharing her truths with a rare rawness and vulnerability.

Funny, down-to-earth, revealing and heartfelt, Of Gold and Dust is a must-listen for anyone who has a desire to start their own business or a passion to live a creative life and follow their dreams. Her story is an inspiring blueprint for getting out there and finding the magic that awaits you.

©2021 Samantha Wills (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Breakout star." (The New York Times

"A tycoon of her times." (The Sydney Morning Herald)

"Wills is not afraid to talk about the challenges she faced...the good and the bad." (Forbes

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amazing I finished in 2days!

loved it! had me hooked from start to end, would highly recommend I felt all the highs and lows.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book. such a great story written with so much vulnerability and honesty. Thank you for sharing the truth of trying to have it all and the costs that sometimes comes with that.

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A must read

As a fan of Samantha wills’ jewellery, I was instantly drawn to reading her memoir. The book did not disappoint! I loved that it was narrated by Samantha herself. Being offered a behind the scenes look into her life, including all its ups and downs, is such a privilege. I admire Samantha’s willingness to be raw, vulnerable and above all, truthful about her rise to the top without sparing any of the details. This book reminds us that behind every successful person or celebrity is a real human being who endures hardship and struggle just like the rest of us. An amazing piece of work for her first book. Loved it!

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Thank You Samantha

Samantha shares her life with the listener in such a raw and beautiful way. She is vulnerable and gives you full access into her world. Her light and her darkness. I couldn’t stop listening to it. One of the most capturing books I’ve read/listened to in a long time. I was completely moved by this memoir. X

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Real, raw, revealing, relatable & rewarding!

What a women, what a journey and what an incredible story to listen to!
I feel incredibly inspired by and connected to Samantha after listening to this amazing memoir!
The way Samantha tells her story is truly wonderful, it feels like you’re right there in those moments with her!
You’ll want to laugh, cry, and cheer her on, whilst at the same time, you’ll wish you could have been there to give her a hug, a hand, a shoulder and a kind word.
I honestly cannot recommend ‘Of Gold & Dust’ highly enough, you will not want the story to end!

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Loved it!

A wonderful inspiring book to listen to. I throughly enjoyed it. I hadn’t heard of Samantha Wills before this. So I had zero expectations. I would highly recommend this book

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You don’t have to have entrepreneur aspirations to read this book

What an amazing read! Strength, truth courage and dedication to beliefs.
Everyone can find some gold dust in this book. Congratulations Samantha.

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Binged in two days!

I’ve followed SW’s career since the start and found it so interesting to hear the personal story running parallel to the the business story. I was at the Amex presentation SW mentions towards the second half of the book and it was great to hear the internal insight of that. Vulnerably written, Made me laugh and gasp in equal measure, well read, inspiring story.

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Love love love love loved this book

I found that once I started this book I could not stop listening!!! and when I did, all I could think about is what incredible story Samantha would share next. One of the most engaging stories I have ever read.

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A must “read”

I loved this book - i would highly recommend it to anyone- have bought the hard copy as well.

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Real & Insightful

A really interesting book. I listened to it all in one day. I found her story very inspiring and excited to see what she does next.

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