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Summary

Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle, so she left her successful role as a managing partner in one of the world's biggest advertising agencies to look after her family.

She knew the change wouldn't be easy, but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day and spending her evenings Googling 'am I an alcoholic?'

This book is the bravely honest story of a year in Clare's life. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze-free and cancer-free, no longer has a wine belly and is two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. She has a happier family and a more positive outlook.

Sober Diaries is an upbeat, funny and positive look at how to live life to the full. Interwoven within Clare's own very personal and brilliantly comic story is research and advice as she discovers the answers to questions like:

  • How do I know if I'm drinking too much?
  • How will I cope at parties?
  • What do I say to friends and family?
  • How do I cope with cravings?
  • If I stop drinking, will I lose weight?
  • What if my partner still drinks?

And many more.

©2017 Clare Pooley (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • KS
  • 12-02-18

Enjoyed whilst reassessing my drinking habits

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes - I have recommended to friends. I like the perspective it gives on drinking

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment when Clare's friend sent her the AA coin.

Any additional comments?

I unexpectedly enjoyed this book - going into it not really sure whether I had a problematic relationship with drinking and coming out of it completely reassessing my attitude towards it, particularly around my children and how it affects them. This book also manages to remain light hearted and not in the least bit preachy whilst hammering home a very serious message.

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Inspirational

this book will make you laugh (out loud!) and likely get you from the get go (it did me!) Clare has helped me start a new AF journey which is exciting and challenging all at once. I wouldn't have started without the help of Clare and her inspired story! if you want to cut down drinking, moderate, stop or just want a good book that will make you laugh at and feel good reading - get this. I found myself missing Clare and her family when I had finished and want to be her friend!!!

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Loved it!

This is a great book and really inspiring for anyone trying to give up the booze and become sober. It's really helped me in my own journey.

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A big THANK YOU!

Reading the book made me want to start living and stop drinking. Loved every minute reading it.

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Funny and empowering

This is a great start for anyone wanting to make a change. You don’t need to be at at home mum or even an alcoholic. It’s for anyone daunted by how life can sometimes overtake you during middle age and make you lose sight of yourself. It’s made me feel like change is possible and that I can take back control.

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A must read

I absolutely loved this book. I mainly listen to fiction books from Audible, but Claire's true life story of her battle with alcohol addiction was so good to listen to. Initially I was interested because of the great reviews but it soon began to resonate with me that I would do well to heed her advice. I would recommend this to anybody who wants a good holiday read. It's amusing and entertaining but beware it could affect your life but only in a good way!

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Wow wow wow open your ears and listen.

what a fabulous insight as to what we just might be putting ourselves through. if nothing else it makes you think before you pour that habitual glass of wine. These diaries tell the story as if looking into our lives but the thing I loved the most, no judgement, Make up your own mind. thank you

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what an amazing woman!

This book has changed my life. Thank you for putting yourself out there Clare, you are an inspiration.

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Utterly Brilliant!

This book gave a mirror image of myself, even the cancer diagnosis. I have now been sober for 5 days and will NEVER go back to alcohol. Thank you so much Claire Pooley for giving me my life back!

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Brilliant

The best book I have read/ listened to this year! Cannot recommend it enough x

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  • The Pelican
  • 09-05-18

1 months sober and Feeling Fabulous!

this book is incredible, it's delightful informative incredibly helpful and makes you feel as though you're part of community of so many people that have gone down this horrendous path. But Claire puts an entertaining side to becoming sober. it doesn't have to all be that bad, we can all get through this with some humor and compassion. Excellent book I would read this again.

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  • Kathy
  • 02-05-18

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Just the motivation I need! I have such respect and admiration for the author. Enjoyed thoroughly!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-18

This book helped me so much!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is trying to stop drinking alcohol. Clare Pooley is so inspirational!

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  • April Rudder
  • 31-03-18

Brilliant!

This was such a good read! It has you engaged the whole entire time. I really hated when I got to where I was going cause I just wanted to keep on listening. I honestly felt like I was watching a movie. It’s a very funny heartfelt and very honest look into drinking. I highly recommend this to anyone!

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  • River Holmes-miller
  • 24-04-18

The performance makes this one worthwhile...

What made the experience of listening to The Sober Diaries the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed this book, though I believe a lot of my enjoyment came from the narrator, who is excellent. The author is very chummy in her approach, and this was both charming and, at times, off-putting. The author assumes her readers all spend their holidays thumbing through endless stacks of party invitations and deciding where to go on vacation. This is the author's life, and there is certainly nothing wrong with it. However, she seems oblivious to the fact that very few people actually live as she does. The fact that you don't hate the author by the end of the book is a testament to her skills as a writer.

If you’ve listened to books by Clare Pooley before, how does this one compare?

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What does Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is an amazing narrator, as she makes the central character seem very likable.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

She described the joys of sobriety very well. The material was consistently encouraging and inspirational and will likely help people who struggle to find meaning in their lives after they stop drinking.

Any additional comments?

A worthwhile listen, despite the author's often myopic worldview.

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  • L.H.
  • 23-01-18

Authentic

An honest, funny retelling of one woman’s journey to find her authentic self that was hidden by her all consuming life of alcohol. Inspiring and laugh out loud funny.

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  • Jonna Stopnik
  • 08-08-18

Funny and Poignant - This book changed my life!

The author and narrator of this book combine to bring British humor/wit together with the everyday ordeals of being a mom and spouse with social anxiety issues into the modern light. The book is so alive with both technical details(scientific studies) and practical mathematical analysis(how much time, money, weight, relationships) are wasted on alcohol and the condition of being wasted. I truly enjoyed how convicting it was to me - even though I don't consider myself an alcoholic - to just give up the stuff for good. It really is not a value add to my life and the "Wine Witch" does like to fly in whenever I have emotions to feel - a victory, a defeat, cancer, loss, loneliness and boredom. I also appreciated the "coping mechanisms" to deal with our Alcohol drenched society that seems to push us to drink to fit in. My new drink of choice is ice water with lime - looks like a drink - but is way more refreshing! I've subscribed to the app NOMO to count the days, money saved and time saved by making the choice to be sober and to journal my own thoughts(privately) on sobriety. I also want to look up your blog so hoping there is a pdf with resources and another book from you coming soon.

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  • Ann
  • 02-08-18

Very Insightful Book

I am cutting down, not quiting and this held enough great information to make it easier. Luckily I am not as heavy of a drinking so cutting down is a great option. I enjoy a glass or two of wine with most dinners and would hate to remove that enjoyment from my life. Anyhow, great book for cutting down also. She is a really good writer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-18

a Must!

I was doubtful at the beginning, but as I went through the book I gathered more and more interest and enthusiasm. I'm so very glad I did; this book resonated to the core and helped me tremendously by encouraging me to anticipate my journey with hope and zeal. wonderful resource!

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  • Mary
  • 15-06-18

Well written!

Helpful account of a woman's journey of sobriety. For those trying to quit or cut down, this story can make a positive difference.