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GOOD GIRLS DO SWALLOW

Between the ages of 17 and 31, Rachael Oakes-Ash lost 63kg and gained 76kg on a roller-coaster of body image problems and food obsession. She went through anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, gym mania, strict dieting and binge eating before she finally figured out how to stop torturing herself and hating her body. Good Girls Do Swallow is the very black and very funny story of her downfall and her recovery.

Published in Australia, Germany and UK with Random House.

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ANYTHING SHE CAN DO I CAN DO BETTER

Ever breathed a sigh of relief when your ex’s new girlfriend turns out to be fatter than you? Bitched about another woman as soon as she’s left the room? Sworn you’ll never turn into your mother? Spotted a woman surrounded by men at a party and thought “slut”?

From the note exchanges and silent treatment of the other girls in the schoolyard, the Bride Monster and her bridesmaids, mothers groups and boardrooms, Rachael Oakes-Ash explores the manifestation of competition between females in the western world and why it keeps women from realising their full potential.

Published by Random House Australia.

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I BELIEVE THIS

John Marsden asked a hundred eminent Australians including Rachael Oakes-Ash to open up their hearts and articulate the beliefs they hold most dear. Brutally honest, infinitely surprising and inspirational, I BELIEVE THIS is a snapshot of the Australian spirit as it grapples with life, our world and what it all means. What do you believe?

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SOME GIRLS DO

For every woman who has been a teenager or is one now, a funny, quirky and revealing collection of stories by well-known Australian women writers including Rachael Oakes-Ash about their teen years. Curated by Jacinta Tynan.

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YOUR MOTHER WOULD BE PROUD

The famous, the infamous and a few odd bods you’ve never heard of including Rachael Oakes-Ash, share their outrageous, shocking, hilarious and all too true confessions of the stupidest and most disastrously embarassing times of their lives. Curated by Jenny Valentish and Tamara Sheward.

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PRAISE FOR GOOD GIRLS DO SWALLOW & ANYTHING SHE CAN DO

Brave, funny and comfortingly honest…every woman will identify.

Marian Keyes

Many – too many – women will recognise themselves in Rachel’s descriptions of her years of tortured eating. This a report from the front, of a war we must stop, if women are to live in peace in their bodies.

Susie Orbach

A searingly honest and important book. In “Good Girls Do Swallow” many a true word is spoken ingest.

Kathy Lette

We need more books like this one … a brave , honest and funny account of how isolating, unhealthy and downright unattractive it is to be bulimic.

Amanda Keller

Oakes-Ash is spot-on about schools and how the media targets girls, very good on office politics and devastating on births and marriages and the no-win games mothers are forced into. She has a satirist’s eye for detail and nails it down with sugar-coated research. She’s aiming for a wide readership and deserves to get one because the book is funny, if breathless, and the issue is critical. It is nothing if not frank and fearless.

The Weekend Australian

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