What happened next? It’s the question Jill Stark has been asked most often since the publication of her acclaimed memoir, High Sobriety.
As one of the original pioneers in the ‘quit lit’ space, Jill started a national conversation about the role of alcohol in our lives, turning the lens on her own rocky relationship with booze and forensically dissecting the culture that gave rise to it.
Now, ten years after the book’s first release, she fills in the gaps on where life took her after she unwittingly became the poster girl for sobriety. In this updated edition, Jill charts her struggle to become a moderate drinker, the crippling ‘hangxiety’ that led to her quitting alcohol for good, and the ever-evolving journey of self-discovery sobriety has taken her on.
"A sobering, and distinctly inspiring, glimpse of what Australia might look like without a hangover … Stark writes with honesty and unnerving clarity. Over its pages, the reader gradually comes to understand not just that Aussies don’t like to give up the drink, but that we don’t like it when our mates do, either."
ABC's The Book Show
"An important book"
Ross Fitzgerald, Canberra Times
"A brave and lively memoir … Stark writes powerfully, and with absorbing and intricate detail, about her alcohol-free odyssey … [she is] a feisty, richly talented writer."