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A bravely honest and brilliantly comic account of how one mother gave up drinking and started living. This is Bridget Jones Dries Out.

Clare Pooley is a Cambridge graduate and was a Managing Partner at one of the world''s biggest advertising agencies, and yet by eighteen months ago she''d become an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day, and spending her evenings Googling ''Am I an alcoholic?''

In a desperate bid to turn her life around, she quit drinking and started a blog. She called it Mummy Was a Secret Drinker.

This book is the story of a year in Clare''s life. A year that started with her quitting booze having been drinking more than a bottle of wine every day. It sees her starting a hugely successful blog, then getting and beating breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze free and cancer free, two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. Sober Diaries is an upbeat, funny and positive look at how to live life to the full.

Interwoven within Clare''s own very personal and frank story is research and advice, and answers to questions like: How do I know if I''m drinking too much? How will I cope at parties? What do I say to friends and family? How do I cope with cravings? Will I lose weight? What if my partner still drinks? And many more.

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Brutally honest and sparkily funny― Sunday Express

The Sober Diaries is a misconception-busting book, which draws on Pooley''s extensive research.― Sunday Herald

About the Author

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising before becoming a full-time mum. Clare lives in Fulham, London with her long-suffering husband, three children, dog and a cupboard filled with alcohol-free beer.
Clare is the author of the hugely popular blog, Mummy was a Secret Drinker, under the pseudonym Sober Mummy.

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Christina
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Clare is Awesome!
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
I used to drink wine and had the same things as her. I could drink one bottle a night, I drank before bedtime to help sleep but found out I wasnt getting the good sleep I deserve. Another reason was big life changing events... I realize that alcohol is no place to go when... See more
I used to drink wine and had the same things as her. I could drink one bottle a night, I drank before bedtime to help sleep but found out I wasnt getting the good sleep I deserve. Another reason was big life changing events... I realize that alcohol is no place to go when stressed. You can drink more and it causes problems in your life. With Amnesia to blackouts and what example was this to my family? Having a alcoholic Father and Grandfather should have been first reason not to but now after 4 years I stopped. Cutting back didnt work cause it''s hard to do. I like her wine witch, you''ll have to read it. I got her words engraved in my mind! I also read Annie Grace''s book too. Why would I drink something that tastes so awful, tons of empty calories, and becoming wine dumb. I didnt hit rock bottom like my Father though it wasnt easy at first, I desire it no more. There are so many wonderful things in Clare''s book, she has a sense of humor! She got breast cancer and survived and tells you of her journey. She is awesome! Her fears and worries but overcame them, a survivor, and so grateful of her life and family! I maybe be jumping around on my review cause there is so much to say about her book and me being sober! It is known to be social thing, there is peer pressure and those suffering from depression like my Father turned to alcohol for relief but it ended up making his life worse. I didnt understand this back in 1994 and there was a stigma to alcohol and depression and not enough available resources you could find easily.

I lost a few pounds, look and feel better and more alert. All these things take time there is no quick fixes. And...think of all the money you saved! I decided there is no benefits to alcohol. It is like an old friend that is hard to let go. But alcohol is no friend! It was hard to convince my unconscious mind for a long time. Writing this review is a big step for me and Clare''s book helped emensly!! Thank you so much!! I am free!! You may or may not benefit from this book but keep searching until you find the right tool to guide you in the right direction!
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Mary Thomson
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I can''t remember enjoying a book this much in DECADES
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018
I have been toying around with the idea of stopping drinking for awhile now. I am someone for whom moderation is difficult and the results of drinking seem to more conflict with my values than they do align anymore. I got online to buy "The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober"... See more
I have been toying around with the idea of stopping drinking for awhile now. I am someone for whom moderation is difficult and the results of drinking seem to more conflict with my values than they do align anymore. I got online to buy "The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober" and when that wasn''t available in Kindle version in my area, I bought this book while I waited for my paperback of the other to arrive. I have so much respect for Clare for sharing her journey so candidly. I LOVED her book and every evening I really just looked forward to curling up in bed and reading more of her story. I identified with her fears very much which felt so comforting, and her evaluation of the upsides of not drinking are genuine and give me lots of hope and inspiration. Her sense of humor was AMAZING. I am regrettably hard to make laugh and she is a RIOT. The book is so enjoyable, so readable, the story was so compelling, there were NO slow spots for me. Now I wonder if "The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober" could ever measure up to Clare''s book. Thank you, Clare, for putting your story out in the world, you are doing such a good service to help anyone struggling or even simply considering if there might be a better way. I absolutely LOVED your book.
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mrs s kerridge
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An honest and often funny account of how one woman gained back control from alcohol
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
Clare Pooley is my hero. This book is real and funny - she is a successful professional who chose to be a stay at home Mum. People will relate to her struggles to find a role and real joy especially as motherhood seems to be either the extreme of Pinterest perfect of... See more
Clare Pooley is my hero. This book is real and funny - she is a successful professional who chose to be a stay at home Mum. People will relate to her struggles to find a role and real joy especially as motherhood seems to be either the extreme of Pinterest perfect of Mummy-needs-wine-to-survive . Marketing alcohol to mothers is truly out of control. In her chatty way, Clare explains the science of what alcohol does to your body, take about the social conditioning that keeps us drinking and ultimately takes back control just in time to deal with a serious health issue.
I hope she writes many more books. She’s entertaining and clever and honest.
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Taylor
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A book anyone can relate to when they no longer drink
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2018
Let me start off by saying I''m not one for actually buying kindle books nor am I one to review a product but in this case I knew I needed to when it''s such a life changing topic. I just started following Clare''s blog about two months ago when I decided I needed to stop... See more
Let me start off by saying I''m not one for actually buying kindle books nor am I one to review a product but in this case I knew I needed to when it''s such a life changing topic. I just started following Clare''s blog about two months ago when I decided I needed to stop drinking. When I saw she had a book I was curious but thought "what more information could it provide?" and "I''m a twenty-five year old single woman...am I really going to relate to this?" It is SO GOOD! I really love how it provided some good information about the process of no longer drinking, the effects on you and others, made you feel like you weren''t crazy for going through some of the same things, and still read like an actual story.
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Cassandra
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Refreshingly honest perspective,deeply insightful for anyone with any kind of addiction
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
Bravely written and that’s why it’s good.A great mix of relatable experience, dash of humor, interesting facts and deeply multi-faceted layers.I read this to support myself on my journey to stop drinking and I got so much more than I expected.I have done an inventory of my... See more
Bravely written and that’s why it’s good.A great mix of relatable experience, dash of humor, interesting facts and deeply multi-faceted layers.I read this to support myself on my journey to stop drinking and I got so much more than I expected.I have done an inventory of my own life and suddenly the lights came on: overshopping, etc.etc... What I suddenly faced up to was the WHY...Very grateful for this book to cross my path when it did.
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Teresa E. Glodek
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Great Book for the New Year
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
With the new year starting, I was looking for a change. I can relate to Clare in the fact that alcohol started as fun times in college but is now a part of everyday life to break up the monotony of life with kids. Loved the way she linked alcohol to poor sleep and... See more
With the new year starting, I was looking for a change. I can relate to Clare in the fact that alcohol started as fun times in college but is now a part of everyday life to break up the monotony of life with kids. Loved the way she linked alcohol to poor sleep and depression. Definitely helped me make some positive changes.
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S. Ball
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Give this woman a thesaurus!
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2020
I wanted to love this book. The monthly format and count of days is clever. Clare Pooley starts out strong, telling us how she arrives at the painful truth that she is alcoholic. The first half of the book is good; she describes the fears and dread of anyone who decides to... See more
I wanted to love this book. The monthly format and count of days is clever. Clare Pooley starts out strong, telling us how she arrives at the painful truth that she is alcoholic. The first half of the book is good; she describes the fears and dread of anyone who decides to become sober. But early on, it''s hard to get past the fact that she constantly uses three words: "booze," "vino," and "boob." I''d estimate she uses "booze" and "vino" 99% of the time. And honestly, a grown woman can''t bring herself to write "breast"...??? ("Note to self" gets old, too.) The second half of the book is, well, kind of weak; it could have used a good editor. Clare gets preachy as she deems herself an expert in sobriety with just a few months under her belt. Her cancer story--98% chance of a cure--was a bit overdramatic for my taste. All that said, if you''re into female quit-lit, then it''s a fast read that will add another woman''s story of how she comes to appreciate the value of sobriety.
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SLL
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Relatable/Joyful/Hopeful/Useful
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
This book is beautifully-written, and explores a serious condition without being maudlin or depressing. It gives a first-hand, honest recounting of the journey of Recovery and Spiritual Awakening. It is at times funny and light-hearted, while at the same time giving its... See more
This book is beautifully-written, and explores a serious condition without being maudlin or depressing. It gives a first-hand, honest recounting of the journey of Recovery and Spiritual Awakening. It is at times funny and light-hearted, while at the same time giving its subject the respect it deserves. I loved it.
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A reader
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Sorry I found the boasting unbearable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2019
This book had the same effect as watching Nigella to me - too much irrelevant boasting about her life, her house, her fancy education, her 3 week holidays in Cornwall picking blackberries for crumble while ''windswept and dressed in Boden'' and returning ''exhausted and...See more
This book had the same effect as watching Nigella to me - too much irrelevant boasting about her life, her house, her fancy education, her 3 week holidays in Cornwall picking blackberries for crumble while ''windswept and dressed in Boden'' and returning ''exhausted and happy'', how she has a terrible ''ordeal'' having to go for a drinks do for her former Cambridge college in the House of Lords. Even her dad gets a few pages where he''s described as ''one of the cleverest men I''ve ever met'', ''extremely successful'', ''incredibly principled'', ''brilliantly witty'', ''much admired'' and of course ''won a scholarship to Cambridge'', all within 2 paragraphs. Yeesh, I was groaning out loud several times on every page and had to give up half way through. I don''t like to be negative and if the above hasn''t made you groan then hopefully you will find the book helpful, but I felt I needed to write a review to warn off people who would find the chic-lit writing style unbearable. Perhaps she came across better on the blog in small doses. Personally I enjoyed ''The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober'' and others more. On the positive side there are some good self-help nuggets in here and through the diary format it is interesting to see how long it really takes to recover (over 100 days) and the stages to recovery. And of course it is a great thing that she is helping people. However, I''m going to have to give the book 1 star because I couldn''t finish it and a large amount of the book wasn''t actually about kicking the drink.
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Icklebit
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Nice read but didn''t change much for me
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2019
I really liked Clare throughout this book but did not feel at all connected with her in lots of ways. In her blog she describes herself as over privileged/educated and so on but the constant references to her social status throughout alienated me. Who the hell in the real...See more
I really liked Clare throughout this book but did not feel at all connected with her in lots of ways. In her blog she describes herself as over privileged/educated and so on but the constant references to her social status throughout alienated me. Who the hell in the real world can afford to rent a Cornish cottage for 3 weeks (!) in high season with three kids dressed in Boden (!) She has a constant supply of friends for coffee and catchups in her world of Fulham mummies with hubbys in great jobs that afford private health care for partners too (giving very privileged breast cancer care) and a fabby old hol in Jamaica round off the fairytale. The breast cancer chapter left me deeply saddened for her, as this seems to be a leveller for all women living one of their greatest fears A good book written by a very nice woman with good humour and pathos. However she lives in a very different world to me. The alcohol thing is fairly lightweight, no real scary stuff just hangovers parenting guilt crotchety moods etc, but upbeat snd positive
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Hip and Happening
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Funny, honest and very helpful.......and a bit of moral support!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2018
I met Clare, the author, at my daughter''s school having decided I wanted to give up alcohol for too many reasons to mention. It was meant to be! I didn''t know anything about the book but when she told me she had just got it published I had so many questions for her. She had...See more
I met Clare, the author, at my daughter''s school having decided I wanted to give up alcohol for too many reasons to mention. It was meant to be! I didn''t know anything about the book but when she told me she had just got it published I had so many questions for her. She had done IT! I had a role model. I was already reading ''Control Alcohol, The Naked Mind'' which Clare encouraged me to finish as Clare''s book is more of a memoir. Clare writes with humour and compassion telling her story of her alcohol habit, being a mum of 3 and having breast cancer. I felt like I was reading about myself. Following her diary from day 1 of stopping to year 1 anniversary (of stopping) was so enlightening. She reflects on her (drinking) past throughout the book as well as documenting her daily challenges with giving up. It was a great, easy read and spurred me on to abstain from drinking. It''s not as hard as you think, believe me! Whether you drink a bit too much or want moral support for giving up, it''s a great read.
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maz
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Amazing read! Relatable, funny and inspiring!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2018
I’ve had this book since January but I didn’t make the time to read it. After seeing it gathering dust I decided to read the first chapter whilst having a bath! What I didn’t expect was being unable to put it down! I’ve read a lot of books on this subject which usually...See more
I’ve had this book since January but I didn’t make the time to read it. After seeing it gathering dust I decided to read the first chapter whilst having a bath! What I didn’t expect was being unable to put it down! I’ve read a lot of books on this subject which usually follows the lines of being very judgemental and preachy. But this book is incredibly relatable, funny, informative and well written. I intend to pass it on to others. I’ve read a lot of fiction, non-fiction and self help books over recent years, but this is the best book I’ve read in a long time! I heartily recommend it.
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Catwoman
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Really entertaining but ultimately not relatable.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2019
I really welcomed the premise of this book and loved Clare Pooley''s voice. However ultimately I lost the connection with her world and mine. There are parts I will reread , mainly the early stages of reaching an ultimatum due to feelings that I too have hidden for too long...See more
I really welcomed the premise of this book and loved Clare Pooley''s voice. However ultimately I lost the connection with her world and mine. There are parts I will reread , mainly the early stages of reaching an ultimatum due to feelings that I too have hidden for too long behind lying to myself about the motives and effects of drinkng too much and too often . Nevertheless I failed to link my life to hers and felt that created a barrier to my creating an emotional connection. There is no doubt that the author writes with great warmth and honesty but for those who have less support and dare I say financial clout it feels like a window onto another world.
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