This beautiful beast has been the biggest project I’ve ever worked on. I’ve lived through it, under it. It’s taken me down, down, down. But it also forced me to get clear. I had to with such an exacting team of (wonderful) editors. And a readership I give a shit about.

Today, I wanted to give you lot a preview of the cover before everyone else. And to flag that…

You can preorder my book now

Do so at Booktopia and iBooks (international friends, I’ve organised for it to be available worldwide as an ebook until it’s released in your country). Then from late February it will be in all of them good bookstores.

A few insights into the book

  • Yes, I have anxiety. It presents in myriad technicolour forms.
  • The title is derived from a Chinese proverb I came across about twenty years ago in psychiatrist and bipolar sufferer Kay Redfield Jamison’s memoir An Unquiet Mind.
  • It took almost two years to write this book. During this time I flitted between nine countries and moved house seven times. Anxiety spirals delayed the process regularly.
  • I designed the cover. The idea has been in my head for yonks.
  • I got a good bunch of leading psychiatrists to read it to ensure it was helpful for everyone out there. Here’s what Australia’s leading mental health voice Prof Patrick McGorry AO MD PhD, said about it: “…at once a nomadic journey, a cri de coeur and a compendium of hard-won wisdom…”. Phew, hey.
  • My mate Rick asked me why I wrote the book. “Because I can’t help it and because I’m sick of being lonely.” Then I quoted something I’d read that morning from philosopher Alain de Botton’s School of Life: “We must suffer alone. But we can at least hold out our arms to our similarly tortured, fractured, and above all else, anxious neighbours, as if to say, in the kindest way possible: ‘I know.'”

You can read a bit more of my publisher’s spray on it here. I’ll probably be doing a few signings and things…I haven’t decided yet. Let’s get the birth of the beast out of the way, first…

And please do go preorder the book from Booktopia. Or the ebook from iBooks.

Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone here for your support and for helping me to make my beast beautiful so I could give birth to it. There. First part of this launch done.

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