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  • The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

  • Discovering a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life
  • By: Catherine Gray
  • Narrated by: Catherine Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (496 ratings)

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By: Catherine Gray
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Ever sworn off alcohol for January and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there's 'no point' in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. 

Before embracing sobriety, Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish cycle of drink, horrible decisions and hangovers, during which she had her fair share of 'drunk tank' jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. 

'I discovered that I was about a million times happier sober than I ever had been while drinking. As were the hundreds of sober pals I picked up along the way. I found myself with dozens more hours in the week, heaps more energy, £20K more money over three and a half years, deepened friendships, revived family relationships, better skin, a tighter body, tanned legs for the first time ever, the ability to sleep for eight uninterrupted hours, a bone-deep sense of well-being, a totally turned-around positive outlook and an infinitely more successful career. What's not to like?!' 

This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety with a three-pronged approach combining the author's personal experience, factual reportage and contributions from expert sources and self-help advice for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol intake or eliminate it completely. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober is the new bible of sobriety. 

©2017 Catherine Gray (P)2017 Octopus Publishing Group

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LOVED! ✨

Catherine I just loved your book, it really is the only book on sobriety I think anyone ever need read. Your voice is incredibly easy to listen to and delightful. I love all your quirky comparisons to things like “like being given a broken toy boat and then a yacht with a pool on deck” I want to listen to your book again and again. I particularly liked the chapter on sober celebrities, I found it so relatable. I’m 41 days sober and find I don’t really crave a drink at all. I have lifted the lid on this sober lifestyle and think I will really like what’s inside. Or, was I in a box all along and sobriety is on the outside? Either way the sober life looks much more glittery and bright. I rate myself a 5 on the spectrum. I just finished your book while on a hike, am listening to Sultans of Swing on Spotify and life is good. I’m on a mission to lose 16kg of weight. Thank you for a beautiful book and I hope you keep writing more! Rosie (Australia)

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Inspiring

I thought this book was very well written and narrated. As someone who has recently realised the relationship with alcohol can be a bad one is amazing to know im not the only one. I could relate to so many of these instances, even being a male.
This book has given me plenty of tips to help me stay sober!

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Amazing and right on the spot😀

I consider myself getting to a 9 out of ten. I can relate to everything in this book. I has helped me understand so much about what I was going through. Thanks Catherine. So much...

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Great Read!

This was my first sobriety book & I loved it! I was a little skeptical to begin with as I don't go for self-help books that are 3/4s waffle. I wanted something that was going to grab me in the first page & give me hope from every page after that (figuratively speaking). It was an honest account of a life made messy by too much alcohol. When it stops being fun, becomes anxiety, sadness & hopelessness you know you need a friend. Catherine became a friend & I know she'll always be there when I need her. In the language of sober - she is now in my sobriety toolbox!

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Can not recommend this book highly enough !

I loved the raw honesty of this book. I think covered so many areas of getting sober and it gave me a laugh along the way.

I think this book would be great for everyone who is attempting to ditch the booze for good !

I honestly didn’t want it to end.

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Amazing & therapeutic

An amazing book for anyone thinking about sobriety. So raw & real. Would definitely recommend this!

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Thankyou so much

this book helped me laugh, relate, understand others, cry, and get through my first 2 days off alcohol.

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A brilliantly relatable narrative

Heartwarming, eyeopening and honest, this book is an inspiration to anyone with a dependence or wanting to understand someone who has one.

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inspirational, incredible and insighful

What a heartfelt story, Catherine's vulnerability and story has literally changed my life. I highly recommend

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Honest account of a drinking lifestyle … no it’s not GLAM

Nails all the points about why sober is becoming ‘normal’. Thank goodness because I’m loving it and so is my old body!

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