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Every Lie I've Ever Told - Rosie Waterland

Paperback Published: 24th July 2017
ISBN: 9781460750650
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Industry Reviews

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



I decided to buy this book after seeing Rosie interviewed on the ABC Morning show and it is rare to read a book that has 'laugh out loud' moments but this is certainly one of those. Don't be mislead, there is sadness, and many other instances that cause one to reflect but the LOL moments were truly insightful and very funny. I have given this book to my daughter and she has a long line of friends waiting for her to finish 'laughing'.

Adelaide, South Australia


Another great read from Rosie


Rosie has a way of bringing comedy to the most tragic of circumstances. Her book will make you laugh and cry and think. Well worth a read.



Slightly disappointed


Rosie is an extremely talented writer and very, very brave in baring her soul to the world as she does in this book. I believe it is important that mental illness is brought out into the open and she has certainly done that. I hope that her book helps to remove the stigma of mental health issues and lets people see that this is no different to any physical illness. However although I find her writing generally hilarious, I did find some of her language rather confronting and I find it sad that so many comedians feel the need to use what I consider are offensive words in general conversation. Having said that, Rosie's writing is never less than authentic.

Sydney, NSW


Stand Out Memoir


I finished this book the day after it arrived. It's so heartbreakingly real and has taken me on an emotional roller coaster (crying in public on my commute home HAPPENED). Rosie writes with such honesty (and relatable humour) that for me, someone who has never suffered such an immense loss or been through any mental health battles, I truly believe she has enabled me to understand what it's like and has given me the gift of being able to truly empathise. I cannot wait to read her next book, she is going to rock this fiction writing thing.

Melbourne, Australia


Can't put it down!


I loved her first book and was soo excited when this one was released. An absolute must read.

Sydney NSW


A godd funny helpful read


I don't normally do reviews but I think this will help anyone with any sort of mental problems to fight back,I should say not a Psychiatrist as well however a good good positive attitude must help,,I hope this makes a little bit of good sense. If any one is struggling with life get help there is no shame in asking

Berkeley NSW


Could not stop reading & didn't want it to end


Such an insightful book that I'm sure will help many people out there, living with similar struggles. I love Rosie's honesty and admire her strength and resilience.

Brisbane, Australia


Set aside a few hours


Another Rosie Waterland book that cannot be put down. Like The Anti-Cool Girl it tackles difficult topics with honesty and humour.



Amazing book


Rosie sure knows how to turn horrible experiences into incredible books. I laughed and cried and my heart ached for her. It was also a beautiful tribute to Tony. He will live on in the hearts of even more people than before. It is an amazing book.

Perth, WA


More brilliance!


Great follow up reading to the first book or as a first time read of Rosie a very talented author. Highly recommended, I could not put the book down.




4.8 18


ISBN: 9781460750650
ISBN-10: 1460750659
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 24th July 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.36

Rosie Waterland

About the Author

Rosie Waterland is a media phenomenon. Only 25 years old, she rose to fame in 2014 with her laugh-out-loud funny recaps of The Bachelor, which had people clicking onto the Mamamia website in astounding numbers. Towards the end of the season, Mamamia was seeing daily traffic of over one million hits on the days her recaps appeared. Richard Glover called what she did 'the best television writing since Clive James'. Her Facebook page hit 20,000 likes in its first week. The Bachelor recaps she wrote had 6.6 million unique readers and 450,000 Facebook shares.

The Anti Cool Girl was shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards and for the 2016 ABIA Awards for Biography of the Year, and also shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. She was also the Winner of the 2016 ABIA Awards People's Choice for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.

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