FIRST WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL by Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson, best-selling author of I Quit Sugar, is a name usually associated with “clean living” and “vitality”. This book, however, deals with her struggle with anxiety and how painful, extremely private and lonely it is. Freud believed anxiety attunes us not just to external threats but also to internal threats and the need for growth; the author likewise believes anxiety is a sign we need to move on and change our lives. The fact that she lost everything at several stages in her life to her anxiety means that she has little attachment to material outcomes, which means she has been able to rebuild her life several times because she felt that she had nothing to lose. It’s sobering but inspiring, and full of invaluable stories and resources that can help all of us in this most debilitating struggle.
320pp, 201 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2019, RRP £12.99