The Anti Cool Girl (2015)
‘The Anti Cool Girl’ was published by HarperCollins in September 2015, and has since sold over 50,000 copies. I’M A TOTES LEGIT AUTHOR NOW YOU GUYS.
SHORTLISTED: Australian Book Industry Awards Biography of the Year (2016)
SHORTLISTED: Australian Book Industry Awards Matt Richell New Writer of the Year (2016)
SHORTLISTED: Indie Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year (2016)
SHORTLISTED: Russell Prize for Humour Writing (2017)
WINNER: Australian Book Industry Awards People’s Choice Award for New Writer of the Year (2016)
Praise for The Anti Cool Girl:
“If Augusten Burroughs and Lena Dunham abandoned their child in an Australian housing estate, she’d write this heartbreaking, hilarious book. It made me laugh uproariously, then feel terrible for her, then laugh all over again. Sorry, Rosie.” Dominic Knight, The Chaser
“Hilarious, wise, gutsy, clear-eyed, devastating and uplifting. It’s a marvel.” Richard Glover
“Individual, wounded, brilliant and hilarious” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Waterland’s writing is poignant, hilarious and rude.” – The Age
The Anti Cool Girl is a perfect mix of tragedy, comedy and pop culture references. Written with sharp wit and a black sense of humour, Waterland’s autobiography will shock, entertain and sadden you all at once.” – lip Magazine
“The best book I’ve ever seen my face on the cover of.” – Rosie Waterland
Brutal, brave, hilarious – a full-frontal memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you.
Rosie Waterland has never been cool. Growing up in housing commission, Rosie was cursed with a near perfect, beautiful older sister who dressed like Mariah Carey on a Best & Less budget while Rosie was still struggling with various toilet mishaps. She soon realised that she was the Doug Pitt to her sister’s Brad, and that ‘cool’ was not going to be her currency in this life.
But that was only one of the problems Rosie faced. With two addicts for parents, one suffering from schizophrenia, the other bipolar, she grew up amidst rehab stays, AA meetings, overdoses, narrow escapes from drug dealers and a merry-go-round of dodgy boyfriends in her mother’s life. Rosie watched as her dad passed out/was arrested/vomited, and had to talk her mum out of killing herself on more than one occasion.
As an adult, trying to come to grips with her less than conventional childhood, Rosie navigated her way through eating disorders, nude acting roles, mental health issues and awkward Tinder dates. Then she had an epiphany: to stop pretending to be who she wasn’t and embrace her true self – a girl who loved drinking wine in her underpants on Saturday nights – and become an Anti-Cool Girl.
An irrepressible, blackly comic memoir, Rosie Waterland’s story is a clarion call for Anti-Cool Girls everywhere.
Every Lie I’ve Ever Told (2017)
‘Every Lie I’ve Ever Told’ was published by HarperCollins in August 2017 and went on to become a national bestseller. In 2018, it was named number 41 on the Dymocks Top 101 Books Of All Time list.
Praise for Every Lie I’ve Ever Told:
“Every bit as honest as The Anti-Cool Girl, while also being steeped in a whole new level of grief.” – Booktopia
“The book includes subtle but powerful commentary on how we understand and treat mental illness in this country. Rosie doesn’t preach. She probes.” – news.com.au
“Rosie’s writing is filled with humour, is strong, and raw… a must read.” – The Big Book Club
Waterland writes with a light, slightly satirical voice that makes even her most harrowing stories easy to swallow. – Narrative Muse
‘I had made it! All my dreams had come true. I had an operating fridge, I was doing brilliantly, and I had written the memoir to prove it. I even had online haters. I had conquered life at 30 and nothing was ever going to go wrong again!
Then I downed a litre of vodka followed by 45 pills. What a fraud.’
It was all going so well for Rosie Waterland. Until it wasn’t.
Until, shockingly, something awful happened and Rosie went into agonising free fall.
Until late one evening she found herself in a hospital emergency bed, trembling and hooked to a drip. Over the course of that long, painful night, she kept thinking about how ironic it was, that right in the middle of writing a book about lies, she’d ended up telling the most significant lie of all.
A raw, beautiful, sad, shocking – and very, very funny – memoir of all the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.