Jill will publish her second book Happy Never After: Why the Happiness Fairytale is Driving Us Mad in this event
Happy Never After
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.
Getting her happy-ever-after plunged Jill into the darkest period of her life, forcing her to ask if she’d been sold a lie. What if all the things that she’d been told would make her happy were red herrings? Could it be that the relentless pursuit of happiness was making her miserable?
From the ashes of Jill’s epic breakdown comes this raw, funny, and uplifting exploration of our age of anxiety. Charting her own life-long battles with mental-health problems, Jill asks why, in a western world with more opportunity, choice, and wealth than ever before, so many of us are depressed, anxious, and medicated. When we’ve never had more ways to connect, why do we feel so profoundly disconnected?
Happy Never After is a soul-searching journey from despair to clarity and a forensic examination of our troubled times. Road-testing neuroscience’s latest psychological frontiers in compassion, acceptance, gratitude, play, hope and solitude, Jill turns the happiness fairytale on its head, and swaps the ‘quick fix’ approach to mental ill health for the long road back to herself.
In the end, Jill has a hard-earned question for us. We’re all looking for answers. We all want the happy-ever-after. What would happen if we stopped chasing, stayed still, and found calm and meaning in places we least expected?
Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections
"A moving, insightful analysis of our collective pain and how we can heal. Australia needs this book."
Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life
"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.
Susan Carland, author of Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith And Sexism
"This is a book we need. Highly, highly recommended. Puts a deft finger on many things that I guarantee have been quietly troubling you for a while. A book for our times."
Join Jill in conversation with ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay at the launch of her new book Happy Never After: Why The Happiness Fairytale Is Driving Us Mad (And How I Flipped The Script).
On Getting Happy
Join Jill Stark with Nikki Gemmell at the Brisbane Writers Festival for a discussion around On Quiet, and Jill’s insightful new book Happy Never After.