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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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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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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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Forget Allen Carr: THIS will make you want to quit

Non-patronising, packed with fascinating facts, jaw-droppingly honest, disarmingly frank, stirringly inspirational, refreshingly radical and - ultimately - stunningly effective. Can’t recommend this enough.

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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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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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Life changing

I found this by chance after listening to Allen Carr. It's more up to date, more now and spoke to me as a man who never felt part of the macho drinking culture yet still would drink every night like there was no tomorrow. Absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend.

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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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A real eye opener!

This is a great book for women in general but it really does open your eyes to the destructive drinking culture we live in, and has completely changed my perceptions about ‘giving stuff up’. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who’ll listen.

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Really enjoyed this

Thought provoking, enjoying listening to Holly as well. Some good practical advice along with insight on other social matters.

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Loved It!

This book is truely eye-opening and magical. I am already trying to put some of the strategies in to practice.

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  • 09-05-20

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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  • 21-03-20

Read this!

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