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The Believer

This book is about ghosts and gods and flying saucers and certainty in the absence of knowledge.

From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief. Weaving together the stories of six extraordinary ordinary people, The Believer looks at the stories we tell ourselves to deal with the distance between the world as it is, and the world as we’d like it to be. How they can stunt us – or save us.

Some of the people you will meet believe in things most people don’t. Ghosts. UFOs. Heaven and the Devil. The literal creation of the universe in six days.

Others believe in things most people would like to. Dying with autonomy. Facing one’s own transgressions with an open heart.

In this intensely personal and gorgeously written new book Krasnostein talks with her characteristic compassion and empathy to these believers – and finds out what happens when their beliefs crash into her own.

ABA interview with Sarah Krasnostein and Loraine Peck

INTERVIEWS and REVIEWS

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Sarah Krasnostein
About the Author

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer. She is admitted to legal practice in Australia and America, and holds a doctorate in criminal law. She is the best-selling author of The Trauma Cleaner, which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non- Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction and the...

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Extent:
336pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
2 March 2021
ISBN:
9781922330208
AU Price:
$34.99
NZ Price:
$40.00
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Praise for Sarah Krasnostein
andThe Believer

‘A philosophical meditation on all aspects of faith and self-delusion, with the elegant phrasing of ideas that made The Trauma Cleaner such a delight.’

‘The author has the rare combination of skills that allows her to not only build enough trust and rapport with her interview subjects that they will reveal intimate details about their lives, but to also distil a person down to their essence and put that on the page in a way that is simultaneously informative, sensitive and enthralling…the true strength of The Believer is in each compellingly rendered story…Readers who liked The Trauma Cleaner or Ramona Koval’s A Letter To Layla will find much to appreciate in The Believer.’

‘Krasnostein is a master storyteller of creative non-fiction and I am in awe.’

‘Wields emotion, truth and reality with one-of-a-kind dexterity.’

‘ [A] one-of-a-kind biography.’

‘It will always be on my Top Ten List of Most Extraordinary Non-Fiction Books Ever.’

The Trauma Cleaner is a disturbing and fascinating read with a heavy, beating heart at its centre…[Krasnostein] shows how a writer can empathise and engage with a subject yet still paint a realistic portrait.’

Other editions ofThe Believer
  • The Believer
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781925923643
    2 March 2021
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