Sarah Wilson first came across this Chinese proverb in psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison's memoir An Unquiet Mind, and it became the key to understanding her own lifelong struggle with anxiety. Wilson, bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur has helped over 1.5 million people worldwide to live better, healthier lives through her I Quit Sugar books and program. And all along, she has been managing chronic anxiety.
In First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, Wilson directs her intense focus and fierce investigating skills onto her lifetime companion, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences.
Wilson offers readers comfort, humor, companionship, and practical tips for living with the Beast:
Practical and poetic, wise and funny, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad souls who dance with this condition to embrace it as a part of who they are, and to explore the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.
From the Author:
One of the reasons I wrote First, We Make The Beast Beautiful was to start a new conversation about anxiety. Every chat we have about anxiety – with loved ones, friends, colleagues, strangers – brings us in closer, and making us feel less lonely, which, as I explain in The Beast, allows us to do anxiety once(rather than getting anxious about being anxious about being anxious…and all the bad spiral stuff).
It brings me great joy to learn that book clubs around the world are reading The Beast together, and discussing it over wines and teas and crumpets and such. The topic of the book is one that needs to be pulled apart in relationship. We suffer alone in anxiety too much. Time to do it differently!
My lovely US publisher and I figured we’d support these great discussions and put together this ace Book Club Reading Guide to help you get things flowing. Please do download it here and share with your fellow club members. Or send it around to a few of your mates and start a book club yourself. I know some of the retailers around the world offer discounts on the book, following it entering the New York Times bestseller list. Here’s some good store links to onpass to your friends if they need to buy it.
One little favour: if you come to any great conclusions or have insights or have critical feedback stemming from your Book Club chats, can you share them? And/or share a picture of you all at your gathering on my Instagram or Facebook #firstwemakethebeastbeautiful.