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In The Accidental Soberista, Kate chronicles her journey and shares the wonderful gift she feels she has been given. Could it be that ditching the booze might not be a chore or a loss? Could it, in fact, be the best decision you will ever make for yourself and your life?

There wasn't one major reason that Kate Gunn decided to give up alcohol, more a few minor ones. She had an inkling that alcohol was holding her back from getting on top of her life. Plus the hangovers were getting worse. No longer just a dull headache throughout the day. At the worst times, entire weekends wiped out by one fun night she could hardly remember.

Kate was a social drinker, usually having a few (or more) drinks three nights in any week. She loved red wine by the fire and cold beers in the sunshine. She couldn't possibly imagine actually going ‘out out’ and not drinking. Like many people in Ireland, she had been drinking pretty much since she was 16 years old. Alcohol was part of life.

But not long into her alcohol-free journey, Kate discovered that breaking free from alcohol improved every single aspect of her life - from relationships to health to work to happiness. She’s been to gigs, festivals, dinners, nights out and parties - and had fun at all of them. Plus she actually remembered them! Best of both worlds.

©2021 Kate Gunn (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The accidental soberista

Such a great book, full of advice if you fancy cutting down on alcohol or a reminder why taking a break from alcohol is not about what you miss it’s about what you gain.

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I loved this 🥰 More than the other 10 “Quit Lit” books I’ve inhaled recently!

This was really quite a joy to listen to. The writers previous depth of attachment to alcohol is palpable and extremely relatable… this combined with the pleasure, peace and happiness she has since drawn out of life radiating from her words… make this book an exceptionally compelling listen and an uplifting motivator to continue my own new Soberista baby-steps! Thanks Kate for sharing your experiences (both before and since drink) so openly and colourfully and thanks Caroline for an absorbing, warming narration… I could honestly listen to you narrate the phone book!! 💕

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Highly recommend

I have just finished this inspiring book. Honestly I am not a big reader ! Wish I was, but never enough hours or I start the first page and my eyes close from pure exhaustion and I have to start again the next day. So I decided to listen to this book on audible. Well I couldn’t put it down ! I have laughed out loud and cried !! I feel like you are literally talking to me! I can relate to everything you have said. I am truly inspired and want to thank you for your honest account of drinking and the journey on giving it up.. Amazing. Inspiring and highly recommend.

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An amazing insight, brilliantly written and spoken

I got this book when I heard about it on a radio station, I was curious as I have been curious lately about my drinking habits , I feel now after reading this book that I can and want and need to be a soberista x

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A Suggestion perfectly timed

Having just finished almost unintentionally reading Allen Carr's book easy way to stop drinking for women and surprising myself totally by losing any desire for a drink, this book came up as a suggestion on Audible. Kate I instantly found your story very relatable, as I like you hadn't any tragic backstory, and would have considered myself a good sociable drinker. Part way through the book I realised you are also based in Greystones where I've now been living over a decade, the book then became even more relatable for me. I loved your honesty, and all the well researched information which I found totally fascinating.
Caroline, your narration was absolutely excellent and a pleasure to listen to these past few days in the car, on my drives and it even made the chores more bearable with the earphones in.

I would say to anyone, if you are a logical person and open to growth in your life, even if you like me thought, I enjoy my few drinks. Open your mind to the possibility you could be wrong and take a chance on something different. I feel like I've cheated in comparison to others who have quit as with Allen Carr the desire is completely removed and in my first month I've not once felt any deprivation only gains.

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Thank you Kate Gunn for helping me join the soberista movement!!

This was an engaging insight into a “normal” women’s struggle with choosing not to drink. I identified with her relationship to alcohol. She touches on how we don’t as a society even question our unhealthy attitude to alcohol believing it’s the norm and what you do as a teenager being the right if passage into adulthood and continuing to drink on almost every occasion. I have read quite a few books of women choosing sobriety but found that those writers really did have a “drinking problem” and I couldn’t identify as much with that.
This book has only confirmed that I do not need alcohol and life will be better without it. I am excited now to embrace my soberista life and am now not ashamed to admit it to anyone. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders! This book has helped me greatly to reach this point. Thank you Kate!!

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the beautiful truth about alcohol

loved this
a real eye opener to the reality of our drinking culture and shows the reader not only why but how to free

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Eye Opening

I enjoyed this book very much. Has made me look at my own habitual drinking and make some positive changes. Definitely worth a read. It is not preachy but just states facts and scenarios about Kates experience with alcohol .

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Amazing Best Buy in ages.

Really good insight into what it’s really close lights and the challenges that come with a mission we are trying to accomplish for ourselves.

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Best Quit Lit book I’ve listened to so far!

I just finished this book and cannot say enough praise for it! The author weaves her way through her story of her own experience with alcohol dependency in a real and authentic way. It’s very funny at times but not in a manner that lightens a very serious subject matter. Then the author delves into all that one needs to know about the real effects of alcohol use and what happens after she takes the leap to a non drinking lifestyle! The narrator was on point with her Irish accent that is so enjoyable to listen to. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Bravo!

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  • Blondie Buena Vista
  • 04-03-22

Brilliant!

Loved the opportunity to hear about this author’s sober journey! Lots of helpful information!

Some possibly triggering talk around weight towards the end of the book. Not terrible, but worth a mention.