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Sarah Wilson is not one to pull punches.
The Canberra-bred international best-selling author and public thinker almost called her latest book “Wake The F*ck Up”, so deeply does she feel the need to start a conversation on our internal disconnect and a fractured planet.
Yet she bowed to publisher pressure to come up with something a little more—how shall we say it?–poetic.
This One Wild and Precious Life is a deep dive into all that ails the human race—the state of the planet, our disconnection from each other, reliance on consumerism need for mindless distraction and, more recently, the impacts of a global pandemic.
While it might sound a confronting, if not terrifying read, Sarah has tried to tease out ways in which we can celebrate the good in ourselves to cultivate a more meaningful existence.
She guides us on ways to grow our lives bigger, break the cycle of mindless consumption, channel our activism, embrace our spiritualism and get back out into nature.
In her trademark openness about her own journey through mental illness and life challenges, Sarah also covers the difficult terrain of multiple pregnancies, miscarriages and her decision to terminate a pregnancy when it sent her mental and physical health into free-fall.
The book is deeply personal and yet Sarah has an uncanny ability to tap into broader societal disconnection and discontent.
To really bring her message home Sarah is embarking on a nationwide bookclub-style “Big Conversation” tour across Australia this coming January and February.
She plans to communicate directly with audiences on the “clusterf*ck of issues we are struggling to live with”.
The New York Times bestselling author of I Quit Sugar and First, We Make The Beast Beautiful, took several years and hiked tens of thousands of kilometres to formulate the thoughts behind This One Wild and Precious Life which goes on sale tomorrow, 31 August.
“I spent three years talking with experts around the world to find a vibrant, hopeful path forward,” she says. “Now I want to have that chat with readers.”
In an original format, Sarah will take the tour to regional towns, as well as the capital cities, conducting hikes in these areas with participants.
She will present her Canberra in-conversation event at The Playhouse on Monday 8 February 2021.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 1 pm on Tuesday 1 September at livenation.com.au.
My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning at 12 pm on Monday 31 August.
Photography: Kit Atkinson