Rachel Black

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Rachel Black lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. At the age of 40, she suffered the opposite of a mid-life crisis and decided to do things properly for once and for all. Blogging and writing all the way, Rachel tackled the wine first. An increasingly 'normal' habit of drinking wine most nights had taken a firm grip. Her first book 'Sober is the New Black' details this acknowledgment, the desire to control her drinking, and finally, acceptance that she cannot moderate her intake of wine and she embarks on a journey of self discovery as she stops drinking for good.

One year later her diet demons take centre stage. Having previously been held in check to allow copious amounts of calorific wine, they now rampage free. Cakes, biscuits, chocolate and desserts have gone from occasional treats to daily indulgences and now the scales hover at dangerous heights. The time to change came one day when Rachel was afraid to wash her jeans, knowing they would return to their original size and no longer fit. Cake O'Clock is her second non-fiction book and details of decades of disordered dieting and chaotic eating. This heart wrenching account examines her past, from anorexia to binge eating, and tries to understand why we can control many many desires, except that to eat.

Rachel still eats cake and continues to try to moderate it. She is pleased cake does not make her drunk or hungover and her favourite is Carrot Cake, because it's healthy, right?

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find it amazingly therapeutic to write down my thoughts and feelings. It brings a sense of clarity and order to complicated situations.
What do your fans mean to you?
I get most joy when a reader emails me after reading a book and tells me they have exactly the same story! To find others who identify so strongly with all that I feel and experience is reassuring; there are many of us about yet each thinks they are the only one. Do drop me a line! soberisthenewrachelblack@gmail.com
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My First Complaint
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 590. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015 by Rachel Black. Category: Essay » Sociology
Doctors make life saving decisions in an instant. They are often heroes saving the day but sometimes they are not. They choose the wrong option. There is a sigh of relief when the patient survives. Until they complain.
My First Death in Theatre
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015 by Rachel Black. Category: Essay » Sociology
When doing your best, and doing everything, is still not enough. Re-live the adrenalin charged emotion as a surgical team battle to deal with an atypical complication that does not follow the expected course. Tense stuff.
Adventures in Anaesthesia
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 43,170. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014 by Rachel Black. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
“As the anaesthetist sedated the patient, secured the airway and sited the drip I had struggled to insert, the seizure stopped and the chaos turned to calm. As order was restored I breathed a sigh of relief. And gratitude. And something else: I too, wanted to be like that”. Inspired to become an anaesthetist, Dr May embarks on a training programme to fulfil her dream.

Books

Sober is the New Black: A Then and Now Account of Life Beyond Booze
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Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 36,060. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Wine gradually infiltrated further and further into my life, greedily pushing its way to centre stage and taking over. I spent my evenings drinking it and my mornings suffering from it until I realised this could not go on and I gave up wine. Completely. Forever. I was not prepared for the changes it would bring. Would I ever have fun again? My life changed in ways I could never have believed!
Cake O'Clock
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 40,110. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
A non-fiction heart-wrenching account of a life of disordered dieting and chaotic eating. Why does she overeat and sabotage her own attempts to lose weight, when all she wants is to be slim? Rachel explores her past from anorexia to binge eating and everything in between, in an attempt to break free from a life dictated by dysfunctional eating. A must-read for all life-long dieters.
How to Party Sober
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 10,780. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
Socialising without alcohol is feared by many who wish to remain sober. Will they ever have fun again? This step by step guide shows you simple techniques to use in all social occasions to avoid the temptation to drink while enjoying yourself too. Without alcohol your social life will never be the same again; it will be so much better!

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