The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code: The Extraordinary Life of Dr Claire Weekes

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About the Author

Judith Hoare is a journalist who worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Australian Financial Review. She started her career on Chequerboard, a trailblazing social-issues program in the 1970s, and then moved to the AFR, reporting on federal politics in Canberra. She shifted to features writing, to eventually specialise in editing long-form journalism for the newspaper, and was appointed deputy editor, features, in 1995, a position she held for 20 years.


"By thinking outside the box, and exercising extraordinary clinical sensitivity, the brilliant physician Claire Weekes created a treatment protocol to the unending benefit of tens of millions of patients over the years."
--Dr David Barlow, professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at Boston University

"A vivid portrait of an intriguing woman ahead of her time, this is a story of hope, empowerment, and vindication."
--Gina Perry, author of Behind the Shock Machine and The Lost Boys

"Claire Weekes found worldwide fame with her bestselling books on 'nervous illness' in the 1960s and 1970s--but despite gratitude from thousands of sufferers, she is almost forgotten today. This revelatory biography should change that...comprehensively capture[s] the unconventional life of this brilliant woman who was lauded for her evolutionary studies."
--Books + Publishing

"This biography restores Weekes's often overlooked contributions to anxiety treatment."
--Scientific American

"With Judith Hoare's The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code, we have a chance to learn about Weekes's varied life and, as important, become reacquainted with her work...A splendid tribute to Claire Weekes--a tribute long overdue."
--Sally Satel, Wall Street Journal

"In her biography of Weekes, veteran journalist Judith Hoare has rescued the Australian doctor from obscurity and placed her squarely in the history of the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders...Displaying the hallmarks of an accomplished journalist, this is a fascinating biography of a free-spirited and innovative woman, an insight into the history of evolutionary and psychiatric theories, and an introduction to Weekes's methods and her books."
--Carol Middleton, Australian Book Review