The bestselling author of The Anti-Cool Girl returns with a devastating, heartbreaking, brilliant, brave and laugh-out-loud funny memoir of truth, lies and everything that lies between...
'I had made it! All my dreams had come true. I had an operating fridge, I was doing brilliantly, and I had written the memoir to prove it. I even had online haters. I had conquered life at 30 and nothing was ever going to go wrong again!
Then I downed a litre of vodka followed by 45 pills. What a fraud.'
It was all going so well for Rosie Waterland. Until it wasn't.
Until, shockingly, something awful happened and Rosie went into agonising free fall.
Until late one evening she found herself in a hospital emergency bed, trembling and hooked to a drip. Over the course of that long, painful night, she kept thinking about how ironic it was, that right in the middle of writing a book about lies, she'd ended up telling the most significant lie of all.
A raw, beautiful, sad, shocking - and very, very funny - memoir of all the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.
Review by Ben Hunter
I demanded that people read The Anti-Cool Girl and I'll do the same for this one. I met Rosie when she began press for this book and made a fumbling attempt to tell her how amazing she is. She took a copy aside for me, signed it to my girlfriend, and drew something for her that would be highly inappropriate for me to describe here, as with much of the contents of this memoir. What I can say is that it's every bit as honest as The Anti-Cool Girl, while also being steeped in a whole new level of grief.
I can also tell you how fantastically funny this book is. Pleasantly surprised by the drawing she'd received from Rosie, my girlfriend sat up in bed to read it one night. First came a snicker, then a chortle, then a snort, and soon she was holding the book aside with that kind of relentless exhausting laughter that sounds like a child crying uncontrollably. She handed me the book and commanded me to read it aloud because she could no longer see the pages through her tears. I picked up where she left off. She had made it to page three.
About the Author
Rosie Waterland is an author, comedian and screenwriter. Her first book, The Anti Cool Girl (HarperCollins, 2015) was a critically acclaimed national bestseller, shortlisted for an Indie Book Award and two ABIA Awards in 2016, and also shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Award for Humour Writing. Rosie is currently developing her own television series and is a contributing writer for various other Australian TV shows.
Rosie debuted her first live one-woman show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March 2016, called My Life On The Couch (With Vodka) and then took the show on a sold-out national tour in October of the same year. Her second one-woman show, Crazy Lady, will be touring Australia in September 2017.
Praise for The Anti-Cool Girl:
'Hilarious, wise, gutsy, clear-eyed, devastating and uplifting. It's a marvel.' – Richard Glover
'Waterland's writing is ... individual, wounded, brilliant and hilarious' – Sydney Morning Herald
'If Augusten Burroughs and Lena Dunham abandoned their child in an Australian housing estate, she'd write this heartbreaking, hilarious book.' – Dominic Knight, The Chaser
The Anti-Cool Girl was shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards and for the 2016 ABIA Awards for Biography of the Year, and in addition was the Winner of the 2016 ABIA Awards People's Choice for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year