The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober - Catherine Gray

The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

By Catherine Gray

  • Release Date: 2017-12-28
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 228 Ratings



'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


  • A worthy addition to the sobriety literature

    By Cheerful Guy #99
    To anyone who has stopped drinking: I can only recommend you read this. You will find it full of observations you can relate to, and every time that happens it will strengthen your resolve. And to anyone who wants to stop drinking but is convinced that life will be less rich, less vibrant - maybe even downright boring - read this and realise, it’s not!
  • Surprisingly Good

    By Dazh0007
    Without sounding sexist I couldn’t see how a book on getting sober written by a woman Was going to help me! Little did I know I had so much in common with the book and Catherine, A Brilliant, interesting, Funny, honest, no holes barred version of a girl doing silly things but who realised before it was too late and changed her life! Inspirational stuff which kept me hooked until the end! Loved it!