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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Not remotely preachy' - The Times 'Jaunty, shrewd and convincing' - Sunday Telegraph 'Admirably honest, light, bubbly and remarkably rarely annoying.' - Alice O'Keeffe, Guardian 'Truthful, modern and real' - Stylist 'Brave, witty and brilliantly written' - Marie Claire Ever sworn off alcohol for a month and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there's 'no point' in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. 64% of Brits want to drink less. Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish whirligig of Drink, Make horrible decisions, Hangover, Repeat. She had her fair share of 'drunk tank' jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. But this book goes beyond the binges and blackouts to deep-dive into uncharted territory: What happens after you quit drinking? This gripping, heart-breaking and witty book takes us down the rabbit-hole of an alternative reality. A life with zero hangovers, through sober weddings, sex, Christmases and breakups. In The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society's drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies. Much more than a tale from the netherworld of addicted drinking, this book is about the escape, and why a sober life can be more intoxicating than you ever imagined. Whether you're a hopelessly devoted drinker, merely sober-curious, or you've already ditched the drink, you will love this book. 'Haunting, admirable and enlightening' - The Pool 'A riveting, raw, yet humorous memoir with actionable advice.' - Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind 'Like listening to your best friend teach you to be sober. Lighthearted but serious, it's packed with ideas, tools, tips and, most importantly, reasons for living a sober life.'- Eric Zimmer, host of podcast The One You Feed 'Gray's fizzy writing succeeds in making this potentially boring-as-hell subject both engaging and highly seductive' - The Bookseller 'Her exquisitely crafted thoughts on the joys of being sober are not only deeply honest and pragmatic, but she manages to infuse tons of humor. This is a delightful, informative, and compelling read for all those who are sober or seeking sobriety.' - Sasha Tozzi, Huffington Post

Camilla Stephens

Higgidy's founder and chief pie maker, Camilla Stephens, began making pies in 2003, having trained as a cook at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She worked for a time as head of food development for Starbucks UK before leaving to follow her dreams and start her own business - Higgidy. Since then, Higgidy has become one of the UK's fastest-growing food companies, and its products are now stocked in most of the country's major supermarkets. Camilla is married to Higgidy's co-founder James, and they have two children.

Caroline Pessin

Caroline Pessin is a writer and food stylist who has worked in advertising, journalism and publishing. Caroline's approach is to offer recipes that are easy to assemble, healthy and above all delicious. A working mother, she knows the struggle of organizing fresh, healthy dinners for the family after a long day at work.

Carolyn Boyes

Carolyn Boyes is an author, coach and speaker with more than 20 years' experience of helping individuals to change their lives. Her expertize is in using simple, practical self-help tools from psychology, business and spiritual traditions as a path to self-development, career success and personal fulfilment. Carolyn has worked with organisations in the UK, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and has written 15 books on subjects including NLP, CBT, communication, finding the perfect career and cosmic ordering.

Catherine Gray

Catherine Gray is an award-winning writer and editor who has been published in the Guardian, Stylist, the Telegraph, Grazia, The Lancet Psychiatrist, Mr & Mrs Smith, BBC Earth, Women's Health and Stella.Catherine's hit debut book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, became a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller within a fortnight of publication, and attracted positive coverage from the likes of T2, Private Eye, Woman's Hour, Stylist, BBC Breakfast, the Telegraph, Grazia and the Guardian. When she's not writing, Catherine can generally be found taking twenty (identical) pictures of the sunset, wondering why she's always the sweatiest person in yoga, fighting her 'spend it all!' financial urges, or scanning the body language of strangers to see if it's OK to pet their dog.Find out more about Catherine Gray on Twitter and Instagram @unexpectedjoyof

Chantal Symons

Chantal's passion for cooking was ignited when, as a teenager, she was diagnosed as allergic to dairy, eggs and wheat. She believes everyone should take joy and satisfaction from food and so she specializes in freefrom cooking. Chantal has worked as a personal chef, caterer, restaurateur and in food product development. She is also a champion barbecuer, and has won several competitions including Jamie Oliver's 'Big Feastival'.

Chas Newkey-Burden

Writer Chas Newkey-Burden is the author of over 30 books including Great Email Disasters and a best-selling biography of Amy Winehouse. His magazine work has included interviewing celebrities like David Beckham and Ricky Gervais.

Cheryl Rickman

After her parents' lives were cut short, Cheryl Rickman decided to devote her life to helping others make the most of their own precious lives, through the books she writes and the workshops she creates. She has written and ghostwritten 15 practical and inspirational guide books on flourishing in life and at work over the past 13 years. As well as writing empowering books to inspire and inform, Cheryl is a qualified Positive Psychology Practitioner, an Ambassador of Wellbeing for the Network of Wellbeing and a contributor to Psychologies and Breathe magazines, among others. You can find out more at www.CherylRickman.co.uk

Claire Ptak

Claire Ptak is former pastry chef at the legendary California restaurant Chez Panisse, and now chef-proprietor of Violet Cakes in London. She was chosen to make Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake.

Dale Pinnock

Award-winning and highly qualified Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock is the pre-eminent voice in eating for good health. A vocal, passionate and down-to-earth expert on the beneficial effects food can have on our health, Dale's enthusiasm and delicious recipes have proved irresistible during his many TV and radio appearances.Dale is the bestselling author of The Medicinal Chef: Eat your Way to Better Health and the Guild of Food Writers award-winning Eat Your Way to Better Health, The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day and The Power of Three; a ground-breaking series of books to target specific ailments - diabetes, depression, heart disease and digestion. Dale also the resident chef and nutritionist on ITV's Eat, Shop, Save, series 2 of which is coming out this Summer.Find out more about Dale on Twitter @dale_pinnock, Instagram @themedicinalchef and at www.dalepinnock.com.

Diana Henry

Diana Henry is one of the UK's best-loved food writers. She has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and also writes for BBC Good Food, House & Garden and Waitrose Weekend, as well as being a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4. Diana has won numerous awards for her journalism and books, including Cookery Journalist of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers (three times, most recently in 2015), Cookery Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards in 2013 and 2015 and Cookery Book of the Year for Simple at Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2017. A Change of Appetite was voted Cookbook of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2015 and A Bird in the Hand won a James Beard award in 2016. Diana has written ten other books including Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, A Bird in the Hand, Cook Simple, Salt Sugar Smoke, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, A Change of Appetite, Simple and How to Eat a Peach. A Bird in the Hand, Simple and How to Eat a Peach were Top 10 Bestsellers and Diana's books have sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.Diana studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and journalism at City, University of London. She was a TV producer for the BBC for over ten years before starting to write. She lives in London with her children.www.dianahenry.co.ukInstagram: @dianahenryfoodTwitter: @dianahenryfood

Dr Deborah Cracknell

Dr Deborah Cracknell is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Medical School, with a primary research focus on the relationships between people and the marine environment.As an interdisciplinary researcher, Deborah is particularly interested in the influence of marine biodiversity on human health and wellbeing.Find out more about Deborah on Twitter @MsScylla.

Dr Jessamy Hibberd

Dr Jessamy Hibberd (BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, PgDip) is a highly respected chartered clinical psychologist, author and commentator. She has 14 years' experience working in mental health (within the NHS and in her own practice), and is passionate about psychology and the benefits it can bring.

Florence Parot

Florence Parot is an expert in stress- and sleep-management, burnout and performance. She helps busy and talented people under pressure to be at their best when they need it most. She teaches them the practical tools and strategies that they need to ensure they have the energy, focus and clarity to fulfil their unique potential. After experiencing burnout more than 20 years ago, Florence re-evaluated her choices and learned how to have the busy and interesting life she craved while also respecting her own limits. She turned what started as an understanding of how to cope into an art form, a lifestyle and a career. Sophrology is the thing that has helped her most. In 2010, Florence opened the first Sophrology training centre in the UK, The Sophrology Academy. She also runs burnout prevention and management retreats and workshops. Florence is a member of the Editorial Committee of the French magazine Sophrologie, Pratiques et Perspectives and writes regularly for several English-language publications, including the Huffington Post.

Harri Rose

Harri Rose is a qualified health coach and mindfulness teacher. She teaches body acceptance, self-compassion and creative living. Harri believes that for too long we have been apologizing for our bodies - and that diet culture and beauty standards are holding us back. Through her writing, workshops and 1:1 clients, Harri helps people to live their lives without rules and restriction and embrace how amazing they really are.

Henry Dimbleby

Henry Dimbleby is co-founder of Leon, the award-winning fast food chain that serves healthy fast food. Together with John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy, he opened the first restaurant in London in July 2004, and six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now more than 55 Leon restaurants (including branches in Washington DC, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Oslo).

Ian Wisniewski

Ian Wisniewski is a food, drink and travel writer and broadcaster, specializing in spirits, particularly whisky and especially Scotch whisky. He is the author of three books on whisky, including Classic Malt Whisky, and contributes to various publications including Whisky Magazine, Whisky Quarterly and Malt Whisky Yearbook, and was a contributor to Michael Jackson's encyclopedic book, Whisky. He conducts tutored tastings and classes on whisky, and visits distilleries on a regular basis to learn more about the production process, which is one of his favourite subjects. He is a Master of the Quaich.

John Vincent

John is co-founder of LEON, which now has more than 55 restaurants (including in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Oslo and Washington, DC). He wrote LEON Naturally Fast Food with Henry Dimbleby, LEON Family & Friends with Kay Plunkett-Hogge, LEON Happy Salads and LEON Fast & Free with Jane Baxter and LEON Happy Soups, LEON Happy One-pot Cooking and LEON Fast Vegan with Rebecca Seal. He thinks that our relationship with food should be positive and joyous and that we need to listen more carefully to our gut, eat more good fats and less sugar.

Kevin Braddock

Kevin is a writer and editor with 20 years of experience at titles including GQ, Esquire, the Guardian, The Face, Vogue and Sleek (Berlin), where he was Editor in Chief. Since his breakdown and recovery, he has completed qualifications in Coaching and Mentoring from UCL and Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling from Goldsmiths. In 2017 Kevin self-published a magazine about his story called Torchlight, which has since sold more than 1,500 copies and been featured in publications such as the Observer. He continues to promote and develop the Torchlight system, including practice cards that help users try out his techniques and advice.@torchlight_system