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First, We Make The Beast Beautiful  : A new story about anxiety - Sarah Wilson

First, We Make The Beast Beautiful

A new story about anxiety

Hardcover Published: 28th February 2017
ISBN: 9781743535868
Number Of Pages: 320

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Sarah Wilson - bestselling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 1.2 million people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life.

In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences.

Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters.

Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

About the Author

Sarah Wilson is a New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur. Her career as a journalist spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She's the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest-rating show in Australian history. Sarah is the author of the international bestsellers I Quit Sugar, I Quit Sugar For Life and Simplicious and is director and founder of IQuitSugar.com. Her 8-Week Program has seen more than 1.2 million people quit sugar worldwide.

Sarah blogs on philosophy, anxiety, minimalism, toxin-free living and anti-consumerism at sarahwilson.com, lives in Sydney, rides a bike everywhere, is a compulsive hiker and is eternally curious.


First, Seek Treatment


First, you should seek professional treatment for mental health issues. Anxiety is a serious illness and can be effectively treated through therapy. It is possible to become less anxious, and it is not necessary to "power through" and accept anxiety as a way of life. While this book is well meaning, people who suffer with anxiety often turn to these types of media as an alternative to real treatment, which is what makes the advice given here by a non-professional dangerous. Seek treatment and not advice from a celebrity.

haverhill, ma


I absolutely love this book!


I got so much out of this book. Very well written with some amazing quotes. Honest, interesting and a fresh approach to living with anxiety.

Perth, Australia


Worthwhile purchase


Quality presentation and paper and printing. Clean, fresh, unmarked.



Fantastic, insightful and a wonderful read


Fantastic, insightful and a wonderful read

NSW Australia


Authentic perspective on mental health


I love this book. Sarah Wilson gives an honest and authentic perspective on mental health. I feel like she is walking with me even though my experience is very different.

Melbourne, AUS


Should be read by all


Those who suffer with anxiety and those who don't should read this. It shows anxiety in a new light, and the beauty of it.

Ulverstone, TAS


Perfect companion for anxious folk


I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this. 3/4 of the way through and I have dog-eared, circled, asterisked and underlined frequently. It is extremely well written and has allowed me to comes to terms with my own anxiety and has shed light on issues within myself that I was unaware of. Oh, how I needed this in my very early teens! The structure is perfect - I like that it is sort of wishy washy as it aligns well with the anxious mind (in my opinion). Extremely through, well written, well researched and overall a fantastic book.





Real help!!!



A companion for those with anxiety


During the reading of this book I have had many moments in my daily life that have contributed to anxious episodes. One of the biggest downsides in these moments, is that no-one quite gets it. But, Sarah gets it. She bares herself, and shows that no matter what life looks like on the outside, the inside is its own beast and we must come to terms with it. There is no easy way out, no one-size solution, but her words at least in the moment they are read, offer some hope that we're not alone. The best thing I took from this book was her companionship.



Amust read for anyone suffering Anxiety


Inspiring that someone as successful and beautiful as Sarah Wilson has experienced issues, worked on it, and carries on regardless.

Bondi Junction



4.4 29


ISBN: 9781743535868
ISBN-10: 1743535864
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th February 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.49

Sarah Wilson

About the Author

Sarah Wilson is a New York Times and Amazon #1 bestselling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She’s the founder of IQuitSugar.com, whose 8-Week Program has been completed by 1.5 million people in 133 countries. A former news journalist and editor of Cosmopolitan, she was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia and is the author of the international bestsellers First, we Make the Beast Beautiful, Simplicious, I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar For Life. She is ranked as one of the top 200 most influential authors in the world.

Sarah blogs in an intimate fashion – on philosophy, anxiety, minimalism and anti-consumerism – at sarahwilson.com, lives in Sydney, Australia, rides a bike everywhere, is a compulsive hiker and is eternally curious..

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