Sarah Wilson, wellness expert, entrepreneur, and activist, devotes her time to building and enabling projects that engage humans with one another, and campaigning on mental health, consumerism, and climate issues. Previously she was editor of Cosmopolitan Australia, host of MasterChef Australia and founder of the largest wellness website in Australia, iquitsugar.com, a health initiative that has helped millions worldwide break their sugar addiction. Wilson is the author of eleven cookbooks that have been published in 52 countries. In 2018, at the height of her company’s success, Wilson decided to sell off the business and donate all proceeds to charity. That same year, she published First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (Dey Street Books), a deeply personal book that reframed our cultural understanding of anxiety and became a runaway international bestseller. Wilson returns with another powerful book, This One Wild and Precious Life (Dey Street Books), offering a hopeful path forward when you feel a sense that things are not right in the world.
This One Wild and Precious Life is a soul’s journey through the complexities of climate change, coronavirus, racial inequalities, and our disconnection from what matters. Drawing on science, literature, philosophy and the wisdom of some of the world’s leading experts, and her personal journey, Wilson weaves a one-of-a-kind narrative that lights the way back to the life we love.
With her refreshing and honest approach, Wilson’s keynotes have inspired audiences across the globe with her ability to engage and create a space for growth.
An obsessive hiker, Wilson is known for traveling the world for eight years with one bag. Currently, she resides in Australia.
Praise for Sarah Wilson:
“Wilson is so capable you don't doubt she could toss together a roasted pigeon with grilled polenta, smoked pork belly and date sauce without needing to stop talking to the camera.”
--Graeme Blundell, Review Magazine, The Australian.
“Ogilvy Public Relations Australia is the largest PR consultancy in Australia. We hosted an event which focused on the future of the communication industry and our panelists included an academic and very senior private and public sector leaders in communication from both Australia and overseas. Sarah was the moderator/MC and masterfully managed a great event. Her natural style lends itself to this type of work. Sarah is a real pro and a delight to work with.”
--Kieran Moore, CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations Australia
“Sarah Wilson is vibrant. She talks like she means and knows it. Such engaging smarts is a rarity!”
--Bill Tikos, CEO TheCoolHunter.com
Praise for This One Wild and Precious Life:
“The timing of this book couldn’t be more critical. Sarah takes us on a series of wild hikes around the world and shows us how inherently connected to nature we truly are, while also shedding light on how desperately we need to find a new path in our changing world. Wild and Precious speaks to my soul.”
--Emilie Ristevski, wilderness photographer @helloemilie
“Sarah Wilson is a traveler of worlds, outer and inner. And her reports from the journey are both intensely personal and germane to a sick and distracted world. In the midst of the collective malaise, she zeros in on her determination to live her life, not someone else’s, and on the work to which we are all summoned if this species is to survive. Her work is, as the world is, both wild and precious.”
--James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and author of Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times
“The inchoate sense that something is missing-- something related to connection and community and meaning-- nags at many of us. This book has some smart suggestions for how to move out of that purgatory, and perhaps, in the process, help build a world that works."
--Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
“Sarah Wilson is a force of nature – quite literally. She has taken her pain and grief about our sick and troubled world and alchemized it into action, advocacy, adventure, poetry, and true love. She’s a great teacher and a great leader, and I admire her with all my soul.”
“Anxiety and disconnection are natural consequences of overconsumptive modern life, argues Australian journalist Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful) in this vibrant take on how to build a more joyful existence and sustainable world. […] The author ranges widely, interspersing personal stories with interviews, scientific research, and quotes from religious texts, making for a reading experience that has the feel of an impassioned conversation with a friend […] engaging prose and timely advice.”
Praise for First, We Make the Beast Beautiful:
“Sarah’s life mission is to help us all feel less lonely in our pain. These pages are filled with authenticity and clear direction for how to return to our spiritual truth.”
--Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles
“Quirky, edgy and brutally frank […] You’ll never read a more searingly honest account of mental illness than this.”
--Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life and Beyond Belief Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life and Beyond Belief
“A nomadic journey, a cri de coeur and a compendium of hard-won wisdom.”
--Professor Patrick McGorry, Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne
“I cannot recommend it highly enough. I found the beast indeed to be beautiful.”
--Dr. Mark Cross, consultant psychiatrist and author of Changing Minds
“Sarah speaks directly to my heart, articulating her journey in a language that is almost visceral. The words leap from the page and resonate so deeply with me, as they will for anyone who has walked the path of anxiety.”
--Aurelio Costarello, fashion designer and Lifeline Ambassador
“Sarah’s story provides great insight into what I see people experiencing every day […] She recognizes that the road to wellness is about embracing and living a life aligned to our values.”
--Dr. Jodie Lowinger, clinical psychologist, Sydney Anxiety Clinic for Adults, Children, and Adolescents
“Thank you Sarah Wilson. This book is a beacon of reality in a sea of avoidance.”
--Louise Androlia, writer and emotional mentor