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Big Magic : Creative Living Beyond Fear - Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

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From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be.

By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.

Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.

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THE book to stop all the excuses we make to prevent us attempting to fulfill our creative dreams. And by creativity, she means anything from writing a poem to growing a garden- there is nothing exclusive or elitist about her definition of self-expression and where imagination can lead you. It’s all good.

Gilbert writes as if she were personally leading you by the hand away from fear, negativity and all forms of procrastination. This is Motivational Plus, with all the warmth, humour and energy we’ve come to expect from Gilbert’s multimillion hit TED talks and bestselling books (Eat Pray Love, in case you forgot, and The Signature of All Things).

On a personal mission to demystify the creative process, Gilbert shares the wisdom of decades of personal searching and insight into her own need to tell stories. She is, quite simply, one of the planet’s most natural and gifted communicators (but it’s how to nurture that gift that interests her).

Cynics fail to see the authenticity of her purpose, and the sincere generosity of her intentions. Yes, it may all sound a bit American and Oprah-ish for some, but there are gems of useful, practical advice here, pep talks to help you stay on the path, and confessions about mistakes made and failures overcome (a surprising example involves Clive James painting bicycles.) I’m a rusted on fan, so you won’t hear a word of complaint from me about the medium or the message.

Industry Reviews

If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her ... Gilbert's prose is fuelled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in * Jennifer Egan, New York Times Book Review * A writer of incandescent talent * Annie Proulx * Gilbert dares us into adventures of worldly discovery * Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times Book Review * Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent * New Yorker * Readers prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches * Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times * Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm, and generous ... By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend, too * San Francisco Chronicle * Charming ... Her tone is relentlessly endearing. It's like talking to your hippy-est friend, the one who never turns up at the right bar but always makes you feel great once she's got there ... Some great stuff about the power of ideas themselves, about how utterly useless emotions such as fear are when trying to do anything creative, and why we all have a right to live creatively * The Debrief * Gilbert writes about enchantment and wonder, but her feet are always firmly on the ground ...Eminently practical ... Witty and self-aware, she never urges her readers to just follow their dreams or to believe that they can't fail, or any of the usual platitudes often thrown at people with creative ambitions ... It's all very refreshing ... In almost every section of Big Magic I found something that rang perfectly true to my situation, something that helped me to view my work and creative stumbling blocks in a new and more productive way ... Whether you're worried about getting started, burning out, making money, failing or even succeeding, there is something in this book that will speak to you * Irish Times * Gilbert offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of creativity, and she delivers the vibrant message that we can all find, and create, magic * Veggie * Doing that [Turning fear into a positive force in your life] starts simply by acknowledging that having fear isn't the same as letting it control you. In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert describes this brilliantly, explaining that living life healthily alongside fear is like taking it on a road trip * Top Sante Health and Beauty * I was feeling fragile about quite a few exciting projects that were up in the air. This book, which is all about creativity, helped me recognise anxiety is just part of the creative process, which made me much more accepting of the way I was feeling. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love - she's so open and makes me laugh. I buy this for loved ones and recommend it to clients and students who I think will find it inspiring -- Eve Menezes Cunningham * Fit & Well * Absurdly comforting * Mslexia *

I am smitten with this book


Hilarious, passionate, filled with beautiful stories and concepts on creativity and self

Queensland, Australia


You need this book in your life!


Found my inspiration to create again!

Cairns, Australia


I would not buy this book again.


Was expecting a motivational book but it was more about the author's ramblings of her own shortcomings. Better motivational books on the market.

Niddrie, Vic.


Good but not amazing


I think the interviews and the podcast Liz Gilbert did about this book were almost more interesting than the book itself. I love Liz Gilbert & I had high expectations for this one. I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow me away.

Adelaide Au


Suffers from verbal diarrhea


The message can be summed up as "Just do it" it does not need a book this length to get that message across.

Woodend Vic AU


Very happy customer


Lovely read



An easy an Inspirational read


A great read to get you motivated and make you feel that writing and getting published is achieveable





I loved her writing. I enjoyed her take on creativity and how she wrote about it. Altogether a very enjoyable book



Inspiring read for creative types


A great read for creative people looking to understand their creative process more deeply. She really blows the myth of the tragic romantic artist out of the water...thank God!

Kingston AU




Elizabeth Gilbert hits the nail on the head with Big Magic. Inspiration is everywhere but we need to nurture it if we want it to grow. This book is perfect for anyone living a creative life.

Ballarat AU


Big Magic

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ISBN: 9781408866740
ISBN-10: 1408866749
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 23rd September 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1