Higher Sobriety: My Years Without Booze

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5.98 X 9.13 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jill Stark is an award-winning journalist, author, and mental health advocate, with a career spanning more than two decades in both the UK and Australia. She spent ten years on staff at The Age covering health and social affairs as a senior writer and columnist. She now works as a freelance journalist, speechwriter, media consultant, content creator, and public speaker. Her first book, High Sobriety, was longlisted for the Walkley Book award and shortlisted for the Kibble Literary Awards. Her other books, Happy Never After and When You're Not OK, are mental health memoirs offering hope and connection to anyone doing it tough.


"Higher Sobriety is a thought-provoking--no, deeply challenging--read for those of us involved in the promotion of alcohol and the perpetuation of Australia's drinking cultures (even those of us who like to think we're advocating sensible drinking--"drinking less but better"). It's essential reading, really, for anyone, arguably more so now than a decade ago. Even if it doesn't convince you to give up the booze completely, it should give you greater insight into how and why you drink. And understanding is surely better than ignorance."
--Max Allen, The Australian Financial Review

Praise for High Sobriety:

"What gives this book resonance is Stark's ability to balance a serious agenda, backed by her interviews, statistics and the inside information to which a health reporter has access, with a personal narrative that is equally earnest in its intent but lighter in its execution ... High Sobriety is an entertaining and informative read about one woman's year of online dating, family reunions and beer gardens without a drink, and her account of the nation's attitude towards the thing she denies herself."
--The Sydney Morning Herald

Praise for High Sobriety:

"It's hard not to recommend this book: from teenagers experimenting with their first taste to those who've been imbibing for decades, many will find Stark's story illuminating, touching, and memorable."
--The Australian

Praise for High Sobriety:

"I loved the hell out of it."
--Tim Rogers

Praise for High Sobriety:

"A sobering, and distinctly inspiring, glimpse of what Australia might look like without a hangover ... Stark writes with honesty and unnerving clarity. Over its pages, the reader gradually comes to understand not just that Aussies don't like to give up the drink, but that we don't like it when our mates do, either."
--Annabel Crabb