The Sober Diaries: How one woman stopped drinking and started living
Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle so she left her successful role as a Managing Partner in one of the world's biggest advertising agencies to look after her family. She knew the change wouldn't be easy but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking m...more
The author’s small judginess was starting to wear as I approached the end of her story, and the constant name-dropping of middle-class markers (Of COURSE I went to Waitrose, can’t let the standards drop! My kids are all dressed in Boden! I missed a lunch wit ...more
She got on my nerves by the end with her humble bragging and vanity (ok everyone keeps telling you how fantastic you look and you lost two stone - who cares). It seemed a little too easy for her to quit drinking - so it didn’t make for a very compelling read. And it got to be a little much how everything in her life was sooooo improved after - for example, claiming she hardly ever got mad at her kids anymore. That just d ...more
Honestly, this book reeked of elitism and privilege and is a slap to face of addiction’s real reality. How nice it must be to have literally ALL the resources at your disposal and then successful at staying sober WITHOUT A SINGLE RELAPSE. (Also, it’s pretty awesome to be able to take a SEVEN WEEK vacation du ...more
I heard the author interviewed on the radio. I don't have an issue with drinking but it sounded worth reading. I was hooked. This Lady can write and put across a lot of good sense in a light hearted way. Would highly recommend it whether you want to give up drinking or not.
So imperfecly perfect.
And this sentence: “The truth is, I am not one of nature’s moderators. I’m an all-or-nothing person. Moderating anything is not my forte.”
I’m not. It’s not.
Quotes like: "Outside the comfort zone is where the magic happens"... are made for addiction memoirs but for me... all I can think about is true dangerous situations ...more
I was looking for a book for my social anxiety and this one popped up in the list. I thought it was extremely weird (& perhaps a sign from Jesus...🤣) so I clicked on it to see how it related to my search. In the reviews I read a few comments about the ways it helped people with the likes of it.
So, despite the title, I decided to read it with no intentions of learning much. It was more of a curiosity thing because of the ...more
When Clare realised that she was drinking way too much, she quit, and started a blog called Mummy was a Secret Drinker, which became a memoir - The Sober Diaries.
The Authenticity Project, Clare’s first novel, was inspired by her experience of telling the truth about her life.