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Quit Like a Woman

The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
Narrated by: Holly Whitaker
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Bloomsbury presents Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker, read by Holly Whitaker.  

We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at work events, lunches, book clubs and weddings. Yet no one ever questions alcohol's ubiquity. In fact, the only thing ever questions is why people don't drink. It is a qualifier for belonging. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some sort of magic elixir. It is anything but.   

When Holly Whitaker started to look for a way to recover, the support systems she found for recovery where archaic and patriarchal. Urging drinkers towards a newfound humility is great if you're a man, but if you're a woman and not in a position to renounce privileges you never had, a whole other approach is needed.   

She embarked on a journey that not only led to her own sobriety but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What's more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before. 

Honest, witty and trenchant, Quit Like a Woman is at once a groundbreaking look at drinking culture, a call to arms and a celebration of learning how to claim everything life has to offer.

©2020 Holly Whitaker (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"I've long suspected that Holly Whitaker is a genius. This book is confirmation. It's a brilliantly clever, meticulously researched, fearless, snort-out-loud funny read that grabs you and won't let go." (Catherine Gray)  

"An unflinching examination of how our drinking culture hurts women and a gorgeous memoir of how one woman healed herself. Quit Like a Woman will change your relationship with alcohol - and it has the power to change your relationship with your entire life." (Glennon Doyle) 

"This thoughtful, moving book will help a lot of people get to a healthier place." (Johann Hari)

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well researched, honest, passionate

On balance I thoroughly enjoyed Holly’s story. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ve read every memoir there is and you have no more ‘space’ for yet another; Holly’s story is different and it’s done extremely well. The only part that had me pulling back (and it’s not that I am opposed to what it said) was the ‘ranty’ twist it took in the final chapter on activism. I’m not opposed to the message here, just don’t like being ranted at - there’s a better way. Great book and likely well worth your time.

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Inspiring and real

Resonating thoughts, researched information and humour during a harrowing story and huge social issues. I raced through this book and now cannot un-know the information. Rebellious to be a non drinker...

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Brilliant

For any womxn that has experienced or is experiencing addiction, this is a must. Holly’s writing style is very personal and she’s not afraid to tell a detailed anecdote. This is what makes the book so easy to relate to and be able to practice in real life. I can confidently say this book has changed my life.

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The voice and words is all

Audiobooks live or die on the reader’s voice. Holly Whitaker is no voice artist, the repetitive rhythm is dull. Whitaker’s constant use of profanities strip the story of detail and meaning. Profanity can work (e.g. Clementine Ford’s Fight like a Girl) but not here.

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Way to angry!

I had to leave this book after a few chapters, the author/narrator was just so ANGRY!

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Good quit lit

a candid and raw account of a tough but worthwhile journey. inspiring and empowering for women.

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Amazing!

Raw, honest, real and relatable. Helped me a lot.
Read this book and Allan Carr quit alcohol and youll be well on your way to a much better understanding of yourself and your addiction/problem.

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Women are rubbish

Would be sexist if it was quit like a man

This book made me start doing drugs

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-2020

Great read for all women

Was skeptical at first, as I don't know much about feminist and know little about politics. Stopped watching news a long time ago. But this book really opened my eyes. I finally broke free in so many ways. After reading so many books, this book saved me and gave me that final push. Thank you Holly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-2020

Read this!

Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE. It is so much more than addiction and recovery. A life altering moment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2020

Brilliant that author reads book

This is a thoughtful and empowering book about encouraging vulnerable people to engage in radical acts of self care. Whitaker rightly points out that the system is to blame for the crisis in mental health...while giving insightful advice on how to nurture ourselves.

My only critique is that the author argues that the "revolution" starts with ourselves. While i feel self care is importarnt, it leaves the uncaring system of capitalism in place. Many of the therapies Whitaker advises also cost money and are unaffordable for working people like myself. we need system change in order to truly free ourselves and everyone else.

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  • Aliesha Lord
  • 30-01-2020

If you found this book! You already know your goal :)

I found a woman in holly’s truth that spoke to me in a way id never felt before.
It was like hearing my life played out in another body.
If sobriety is your goal? No matter how far you are in your journey finding Holly is like gold.

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  • Angela
  • 27-01-2020

Revolutionary, inspiring and necessary!

Holly manages to amalgamate her inspiring story with a critical appraisal of alcohol to produce one of the most important contributions to recovery publications ever. She writes authentically and openly about the despair of drinking with admirable rawness, wit and honesty. Holly has clearly done her research, producing a work that is accessible while eloquently exploring weighty topics. Her ability to weave feminism, spirituality, exploitation used by the tobacco industry, race, class, politics et al into her examination of drinking culture is an admirable feat. The evaluation of AA and its patricarchal archaic program is flawless and accurate. Holly also importantly provides a holistic framework for building a fulfilling, joyful and sober life!! An all round gem.

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  • Becky
  • 25-01-2020

Going straight back to read it again

So many light bulb moments listening to this. I feel like there is more detail and information in this book than any other book on the subject, this did mean I didn't take it all in on the first go.

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  • MrsF
  • 24-01-2020

Eye-opening read

This book is not what I expected at all. I anticipated (from the title and the cover) that it might be filled with opinion-based feminist rhetoric but, given the recommendation by Catherine Gray, I thought I'd give it a try.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

The book is well laid out, based in fact and research and resonates more strongly with me than anything I've ever read on this subject. Incredible.

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  • D.Bish
  • 21-06-2020

thought provoking

it has enlightened and empowered me to give up alcohol for the last time! I no longer feel shame at being sober, but proud.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-2020

very thoughtful and honest account. resonating.

awesome read from a very likeable woman. a selflessly honest account of a meteoric rise from addiction.

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  • Brooke Gallagher
  • 17-05-2020

too much Jesus for me - only made it 2/3 through

Great initial science and experiences, too much JC for me. Perspective is pretty interesting but making spirituality mandatory doesn't work for me.