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The Sober Diaries

How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living
Written by: Clare Pooley
Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Strong in the beginning, peters out in the end

I loved this book at the start and remained riveted until about 2/3 of the way through when the author's story started to seemingly diverge into a couple of different directions. I no longer could identify the focus of the story and therefore felt my initial passion for the work fade away. Still a worthwhile read full of insight, inspiration and brave honesty.

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Loved it!

Probably the best sober book I've read yet! She was real, raw, funny, I laughed & I cried! Very inspiring!

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Loved it!

This book is brave, honest and funny. I know that many women will identify with Clare and will find the courage to change their lives. I know this, because she helped me.

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Best thing I've ever "read"

I found this book right when I needed it! thank you Clare for writing such a great book. I loved every word.

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so honest and true

loved this. A must read for support and humor when giving up the booze

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Finished in three days!

I really enjoyed this book as this was the first book that I listened too within my own personal journey with quitting alcohol. The only thing for me is that I could not fully relate to her story as I am not yet married and I have no children. However, I was able to relate and identify with the main premise of the story- how alcohol can easily take over and control our lives without us even knowing until its too late. I am excited to read her next book!

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Amazingly insightful and eye opening

This book changes my perspective of everything that is important in life. A must read if you are ready for change. One day at a time.

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Brilliant!

An excellent read/listen. Raw, thought provoking, yet funny and positive. In addition, the audio is so well done, it feels like the author's voice. Highly recommended

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  • CP
  • 2019-08-18

Brutally Honest Life Changing Gem!

Less than two weeks prior I had also made the life changing discovery that I could not moderate alcohol like I once could. While a little worried about a happy hour meet up with a friend one afternoon, it turned out to literally change my life. As I ordered coffee and a glass of water, NOT my usual 9oz glass starter glass of vino, my friends gaze caught mine with a look of complete amazement. She confessed that she too was struggling with alcohol and started listening to The Sober Diaries audiobook and had gained profound clarity. She too saw she needed to make a major life change but AA just didn't work for her. Instead of wine connecting us socially, not drinking wine is connecting us spiritually. Whether you are a heavy drinker or a moderate drinker, everyone can benefit from this very well written and insightful book. Thank you so much Clare Pooley for stepping up and stepping out even without actually doing the 12 steps.

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LOVE IT!

What a great read! The story has get me motivated through times of weakness! inspirational!

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  • River Holmes-miller
  • 2018-04-24

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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  • J. Hintz
  • 2018-12-30

Not as interesting as several other sobriety memoi

This book is fine, but I just don't find it nearly as interesting as many of the other sobriety memoirs out there. I preferred the Kristi Coulter, Leslie Jamison, and Lisa Smith books over this one. Oh, and Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story," possibly the book that invented the genre.

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  • April Rudder
  • 2018-03-31

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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  • Joy Betler
  • 2019-02-09

OMG

This may be it. As in, I think I'm done drinking, or at least have many reasons to try or try again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-13

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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  • The Pelican
  • 2018-05-09

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-21

Stellar work by an amazing author

I stumbled across this incredible book and Clare Pooly at a crucial time. I was sober 10 mos and in AA until August of 2018. I tried the moderate drinking until now but I truly missed my sobriety and the joy that came from being a non drinker. She put it perfectly I had the devil and angel on my shoulders. I was just tired of the energy I was spending on deciding if and where I would drink and how I could control it. Now, I’ve recommitted to my sobriety. I can’t moderate and I love my life without alcohol. The way she explained the waves of emotion that one goes through in the first months of sobriety were spot on. The ups and downs, the introspective piece of the journey. Please read even if you are not considering quitting booze. Her story is so relatable to anyone. I’m 44 and single no kids. She is a mom of three and married and a Brit! I’ve never felt more connected to any author or story before. Just superb and full of hope, hilarity, compassion, and love!!!

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  • D. Lobo
  • 2019-05-02

An amazing book

Get this in audio book, not only you will hear her lovely Slightly posh London accent but every kind of accent she perfectly impersonates but also how funny and witty she sounds. A great book for someone contemplating sobriety, trying to cut back or dealing with cancer who wants to see everything in a more humorous way. I couldn’t read “the naked mind “ because it was so preachy and judgmental, but this was the opposite. Claire is brilliant!

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  • Kathy
  • 2018-05-02

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

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  • L.H.
  • 2018-01-23

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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