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Happy Never After


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Jill Stark was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist, she was dating a sports star, and her first book had just become a bestseller. After years of chasing the fairytale ending, she'd finally found it. And then it all fell apart.

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Jill Stark is an award-winning journalist and author with a career spanning 18 years in both the UK and Australian media. She spent a decade on staff at The Age covering health and social affairs as a senior writer and columnist and now works as a media consultant and freelance writer contributing to ABC Online, SBS Digital and The Saturday Paper. Her first book, High Sobriety- my year without booze is a bestselling memoir that was long-listed in the Walkley Book of the Year Awards and short-listed in the Kibble Literary Awards. Her second book will be published in 2018.


`A moving, insightful analysis of our collective pain and how we can heal. Australia needs this book.' -Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections `Funny, wise, poignant and compelling, Happy Never After is a brilliant intersection between searing personal experience and the wisdom of the elders: nothing brings us closer to despair than the relentless pursuit of our own happiness.' -Hugh MacKay, author of The Good Life `Faced with the crippling paralysis that comes with anxiety and depression, Jill Stark doesn't completely crumple. Instead, she does what a good journalist does: looks it directly in the face in order to explain, investigate, and reveal. Anyone who reads this book who lives with anxiety will be a beneficiary of its courage and clarity.' -Benjamin Law, author of Gaysia and The Family Law `By looking back on her childhood, interviewing experts and amassing anecdotal data, Stark expertly links her lifelong struggle with anxiety with a collective social malaise that is exacerbated by our constant connectivity, underfunded mental healthcare systems and the pervasive `happiness myth' ... The book's resounding takeaway that there are multiple `happy-in-betweens' instead of one `happy-ever-after' is an uplifting and liberating one.' - Books+Publishing `With the same keen eye evident in her previous book, Happy Never After is full of far-reaching and astoundingly thorough research ... this is a must-read for anyone who has either struggled with mental health themselves or knows someone who has - and according to Stark, that's most of us.' -Readings `Her personal experience with anxiety gives readers an insight into why we should hit the brakes on our quest for happiness.' -Mercury

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