Sane New World

  • by Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by Ruby Wax
  • 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress.
If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the manual to saner living.

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What the Critics Say

"Ruby Wax has an extraordinary mind, and she has brought it to bear with trademark wit and searing honesty on the subject of that mind, and the minds of all us. Very few will be able to read this wonderful contribution to the literature of mental health without recognising some part of themselves, and certainly of someone they know. A ruby beyond price" (Stephen Fry)
"In Sane New World, Wax touches upon her own anxieties and fears with honesty and humour...it royally hauls a stigmatised fact of life kicking and laughing into the open." (The Times)

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Customer Reviews

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An out standing book!

What made the experience of listening to Sane New World the most enjoyable?

Ruby Wax has an excellent narrative voice & the content is easy to follow, interesting & done with humour.


What other book might you compare Sane New World to, and why?

Steve Pinker


Have you listened to any of Ruby Wax’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but if you think Ruby Wax was just an annoying celebrity going on about depression, this book will change your mind, she is extremely intelligent, insightful & down to earth.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I've listened to this book at least 5 times, because I found it incredibly interesting.


Any additional comments?

If you have an interest in how the mind works & why we feel the way we do, you wont be disappointed.

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- mark

The best audiobook to date

Would you listen to Sane New World again? Why?

I would listen to this again and again, not just because it's insightful and funny, but because the content is so well written and expressed. The chapters are broken down into short concise elements that will either have you laughing or contemplating on hours to come. If you are at all interested in science, have a sense of humour or are just curious about the human mind (and how it can go wrong!), this is for you.


What did you like best about this story?

The way you can relate to Ruby's past either judgementally or empathically. She has many short stories which help depict the struggle many people face with anxiety or depression with a human face. It helps to be able to laugh through the problems as they come and realise that anyone can use the techniques and theory described here.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene with Richard E grant and the shark cage - the point when you take stock of things and realise your time in spotlight may have dimmed. The way she is openly descriptive of shamelessly wanting to hang on to celebrity at any cost. To be open an honest like this from someone who I had some fairly fixed opinions on before downloading the audiobook was fantastic. Ruby may have single-handily made me avoid owning a Vauxhall in the 1990's (remember that Corsa advert !), but she has a warmth and honesty about her life story that is impossible to put down.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Expressing her view towards her family and attention towards her children looking back. This was the most moving part of the book for me


Any additional comments?

The last 15 minutes of the book made me pull over, zip back and listen to it again with a deep sense contentment. Most people who are looking for a few answers have probably downloaded other CBT or self-help books in an effort to find some answers.
For me, this book has been the first piece of material that has helped me find some peace. Thank you Ruby.

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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-02-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton