Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness

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Schwartz Books Pty. Limited, Feb 28, 2023 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
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The inspiration for the Netflix series starring Celeste Barber, Wellmania is an in-depth, entertaining, laugh-out-loud-funny exploration of wellness culture.

Now with a new preface by the author.

Cold-pressed juices, quitting sugar, Paleo, hot yoga, mindfulness … if you embrace these things you will be happy, you will be well – just ask Instagram. Wellness has become a global mega-industry. But does any of this stuff actually work?

Feeling exhausted, anxious and a bit flabby, journalist Brigid Delaney decides to find out – using herself as the guinea pig. Starting with a brutal 101-day fast, Brigid tests things that are meant to make us clean, lean and serene. Travelling the world, she tries colonics, meditation, silent retreats, group psychotherapy and oodles of yoga, working out what is helpful and what is just expensive hype.

In monasteries and health farms, on hiking trails and massage tables, she asks, why do so many of us swing from indulgence to detox and back again? Is it possible to integrate good habits into your daily life? What does our obsession with wellness say about us? And why do you smell so bad when you haven’t eaten in seven days?

Wellmania is the highly entertaining and occasionally dangerous exploration of one of the most fascinating trends in our culture.

‘Brigid Delaney is the queen of calamity and a fearless, sane guide into the bizarre heart of our modern obsessions. This will make you groan in horror as much as it’ll make you laugh out loud.’ —Benjamin Law

‘A bloody entertaining read that leaves you wondering whether you want to do yoga and meditation or get mindlessly drunk and despair at the state of the world. Basically I wish that I’d written it.' —Judith Lucy

‘At last! A funny, well-written book about all the health and serenity treatments you’ve been too feeble personally to undertake.’ —Annabel Crabb

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User Review  - Jane-Phillips - LibraryThing

This book is about one woman travelling the globe in search of wellness. She tries an extreme fast and cleanse (did not sell me on those at all, quite icky by the sounds of it), then gets deeply ... Read full review

Wellmania: Extreme Misadventures in the Search for Wellness

User Review  - Publishers Weekly

Delaney, a lifestyle journalist, takes the reader through her 12-year search for wellness in this amusing memoir. She belatedly realizes that navel-gazing may not be healthy as she relentlessly ... Read full review

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About the author (2023)

Brigid Delaney is a senior writer for Guardian Australia. She has previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), ninemsn and CNN. She is the author of two books: This Restless Life and Wild Things.

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