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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.

I'm not alone


For anyone who experiences generalised anxiety disorder this is a must read. Finally someone has articulated everything that I have felt and lived all my conscious life. I disagree with reviewers saying this 'glamorises' anxiety. Quite the opposite - I feel Sarah provides great tips for managing and functioning with anxiety.....it was reassuring to hear her experiences and know that I am in good company.



Must buy for those with anxiety


I found this book highly relatable, well written and well researched. I would highly recommend to anyone who suffers from anxiety.


Inspiring book and definitely a page turner!


Sarah Wilson has written a fascinating book on living with Anxiety, and seeing it not as a problem or disease but it might have a role to play in our world.

South Coast NSW


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.




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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 bestselling author, former journalist and founder of IQuitSugar.com, Australia’s largest digital wellness site. Her latest project is Simplicious Flow, released in October 2018. At 348 recipes, this not-normal cookbook is the first zero-waste cookbook in the world. Her book first, we make the beast beautiful, a reframing of anxiety and bipolar disease as a philosophical and spiritual journey, sees her travel extensively talking to our collective need to dive deeper into what matters in life.

Sarah had her first business at 12, got her start in journalism redesigning the restaurant pages of a News Corp magazine on work experience (she taught herself Quark overnight; the editor gave her the reviewer job) becoming News Corp’s youngest opinion columnist at 24 was appointed Cosmopolitan editor at 29 and then hosted the first season of MasterChef, the most watched season of any show in Australian history.

In 2008, however, Sarah was struck down with thyroid disease, forcing her to step away from the whole merry-go-round. She set out to heal herself via experiments she shared online; quitting sugar was one such. An early adopter of technologies she developed an engaged online community ahead of the curve. She soon realised a gap in the market for a solution to the sugar problem…so she created the world’s first consumer quit program, initially as an e-book (she self-published her 8-week program), then as an online product.

Sarah’s a hyper-vigilant researcher and liaised with international biology and endocrinal experts to develop the most effective techniques for breaking fructose addiction. Some of the nascent science she surfaced has since informed the WHO’s nutritional guidelines and Sarah is regarded as an international pioneer in the realm. Her 8-Week Program was the world’s leading (if not only) consumer sugar-quitting program, completed by 1.5 million people in 113 countries, before she closed it in March 2018 for ethical reasons. She then gave all profits to charity. “I will continue to work diligently to not get caught up,” she said.

Sarah’s I Quit Sugar series of books (15 titles) sell in 46 countries, the first becoming a New York Times bestseller and winning the ABIA publishing award in 2014. She ranks as one of the top 200 most influential authors in the world (2017 and 2018), based on web and international book scan algorithms and in Greatist.com’s 100 most influential health experts in 2015. She was the winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the year 2017 Regional Award.

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