7 Pieces Of Quit Lit To Check Out

 ‘Quit Lit’ is the term coined for literature that helps you quit. During Sober October and beyond, you’ll likely sometimes need a little inspo to keep you on the course you choose to take with your relationship to alcohol.
We’ve put together a small list of a much bigger category of reading. The links will take you to purchase on Amazon as that’s a universal platform we are all familiar with. However, we do always encourage you to shop small/ local, support your indie book shop or organise a swap service with your pals as that’s a more sustainable way to gobble up these gems, where possible of course.
Here’s our 7 pieces of quit-lit to check out:
  1. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray This is a staple for the quit-litter within. Recommended time and time again, this book is bound to keep you on the straight and narrow. Although a debut from Catherine, it made The Sunday Times’ top 10 bestseller list and had the following glowing review after publishing: ‘Gray’s tale of going sober is uplifting and inspiring’ – The Evening Standard
  1. Glorious Rock Bottom by Bryony Gordon Released in 2020, it’s still a fairly new piece but has made great waves in the industry and will talk to readers who are actively in recovery as much as those who just need a relatable format. Although heart-breaking at times it’s that of trademark honesty. Reviews include:
‘Bryony Gordon is a terrific, compassionate writer whose razor-sharp honesty slices through every sentence of this compelling memoir’ – Liz Day
‘Poetic, raw and very important’ –  Fearne Cotton
‘It is my favourite of Bryony’s books’ – Dolly Alderton
‘This book will make us all kinder, brighter and better’ – Daisy Buchanan
  1. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey An oldie but a goldie. Originally written in 2003, then more recently made into a film in 2019. This book has caused its fair share of controversy, outed as actually being part autobiographical and part fiction, it has divided readers. All that aside though it is a tale of substance abuse, recovery and the emotions along the way. So as long as you can see it through the lens of not being 100% James’ personal own experience, there’s plenty of nuggets of wisdom to take away, brace yourself though, not for the faint hearted.
  1. Sober Positive: Happily quit drinking and discover the unlimited possibilities waiting for you beyond alcohol by Julia Carson File this one under ‘self help’. Although there’s a memoir theme to it, this is a book that supplies you with real tools to embark on or continue a life without alcohol or ‘Mummy juice wine’ as Julia sometimes refers to it. Good for parents and people who’ve let alcohol creep in and take over. ‘’In this book you will learn how to change your mind set about alcohol, how to assemble your own personal sobriety toolbox and how to cope with sober firsts like social events, holidays and Christmas.’’
  1. The Easy Way To Control Alcohol by Allen Carr No, not that Alan Carr. This is Allen Carr, famed for his first book as the world’s greatest authority on helping people stop pretty much anything (check out his back log of books), his internationally best-selling Easy Way to Stop Smoking has been published in over 40 languages and sold more than 10 million copies. This, as you may have guessed, focusses on quitting alcohol. He uses ‘methods’ that set you free and, according to him, require no willpower whatsoever. All the celebs praise Allen’s books, but just remember, for everyone it’s personal, so what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all. No magic wands, nor books here I’m afraid.
  1. Blackout- remembering the things I drank to forget by Sarah Hepola ‘For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was ‘the gasoline of all adventure’. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birth right as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.’ Sounds great? Nope. Sarah highlights the so-called positives she experienced as a drinker then starkly compares them to the overwhelming negatives. This is a book that not only focusses on your usual health and wellbeing benefits but also explores the darker, less talked about and downright scarier sides of blacking out and the safety implications that can have as a human but more specifically as a woman. Deeply personal memoir.
  1. The Sober Lush: A Hedonist’s Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life–Alcohol Free by Amanda Eyre Ward & Jardine Libaire This is a book I’d categorize as ‘hopeful’. This shines the spotlight on the simple pleasures derived from not drinking. From the smallest to the biggest accomplishments and ways you can treat yourself as someone who doesn’t drink. Here they detail some great (albeit random) examples; ‘’In The Sober Lush, Libaire and Ward provide a road map for living a lush and sensual life without booze. This book offers ideas and instruction for such non-alcoholic joys as:
– The allure of “the Vanish,” in which one disappears early from the party without saying goodbye to a soul, to amble home under the stars
– The art of creating zero-proof cocktails for all seasons
– Having a fantastic first date while completely sober
– A primer on setting up your own backyard beehive, and honey tastings
For anyone curious about lowering their alcohol consumption or quitting drinking altogether, or anyone established in sobriety who wants inspiration, this shimmering and sumptuous book will show you how to keep indulging in life even if you stop indulging in alcohol.’’
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a cuppa, a cosy blankie and a bit of quit lit to keep you on the journey you’re choosing to take with your drinking. Mmmm, bliss.