STRIPPED BARE

My debut book Stripped Bare tells the story of how my depression, anxiety and low self esteem eventually triggered a shopping addiction, which left me in crippling debt. By 2010, I lost almost everything and in the depths of my despair even tried to take my life. But somehow, I found a way to claw myself back, transform my life, reconnect with nature and inspire others to find fulfilment beyond the superficial.

“Nothing is impossible, but we have to believe in ourselves first.”.

The Book

Stripped Bare is an eye-opening, stigma busting, inspiring tale that shines a light on the toxic effects of consumerism within today’s society. It’s the story of how I swapped credit cards for compassion, and pressure for purpose. Published in Sept 2017, it has been reviewed and endorsed by many, including musician/presenter – Jools Holland OBE, founder of Animals Asia – Jill Robinson MBE, and British actor – Peter Egan.

Who Inspired Stripped Bare?  

It was during a telephone interview with the Psychologies feature editor, the seedlings of Stripped Bare were sewn. She asked me if I had considered publishing a book about my journey.

By August 2017, I had heeded her advice and successfully self-published the self-help memoir.  Even with limited distribution and numerous constraints, Stripped Bare achieved great success. It reached just over 500 in the UK best sellers rankings on release, was classed as a hot release by Amazon and often nestled in the 10,000 UK top sellers. The reviews, from readers on Amazon, Waterstones and my own official facebook page were heartfelt, encouraging and overwhelming.

Stripped Bare 2nd Edition 

In 2018, my book caught the eye of a small independent publisher. I signed a contract with the company in February 2018, and Stripped Bare 2nd edition was published at the end of August that year. Unfortunately, the company’s PR and marketing were extremely disappointing and their promises of adding to my own personal success with the book did not come into fruition. I asked to be released from them in January 2019.

My writing continues, and I am busy working on numerous projects – including an interactive journal.

“I have known Sharon for almost 40 years. If anyone has the capability and personality to lift the lid on mental health, Sharon has. Stripped Bare does just that.”

Jools Holland OBE, Musician / Composer / Television Presenter / Band Leader

“We all hit brick walls in our lives. Some times we are saved by others.. sometimes by ourselves.

I think ultimately the most complete healing comes from self assessment which, more often than not, reveals the path to healing oneself. I found Sharon Bull’s book full of personal insights which confirm this belief. This is an honest and revealing book with a determined path to healing. Sharon has a lot to say and she says it brilliantly. I recommend it highly”

Peter Egan, British Actor / Animal Advocate

“Sharon Bull has climbed bravely out of a painful abyss, and now shares her honest and vulnerable story with the world.

Finding comfort in compassion, solace in serenity, and strength in unconditional love, Sharon’s life has been saved and inspired by the exquisite beauty of nature and our animal kin. As we rescue them, they rescue us, and so the ripples spread.”

Jill Robinson MBE, Founder & CEO of Animals Asia Foundation

“A wonderful and honest account of one woman´s struggles with anxiety and depression showing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Optimistic and heart-warming.”

Susie Pearl, Author of Instructions for Happiness and Success

“Brave and inspiring. Sharon’s story is a great reminder to let go of external expectations and focus on the things that really matter. As she has discovered, real happiness comes from within.”

Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness

“In Stripped Bare, Sharon has perfectly communicated how the stresses our modern day lives, fuelled by materialism and greed can demonise us…

and how the constant strive to ‘have it all’, whatever that means, may cause or exacerbate mental health illnesses. Through her experiences she demonstrates how the tranquillity and beauty of the natural world and wildlife can help us live a more settled, less stressful life, and we’d all like that. Perhaps some of us just haven’t realised it yet.”

Judy Puddifoot BVetMed MRCVS, TV Vet on ‘Trust Me I’m A Vet’ / Presenter / Speaker and Animal Welfare Advocate

“Sharon Bull’s Stripped Bare is a truly inspirational book.

A universal story of hope and joy – not just for those who feel financially squeezed. We covered Sharon’s story for BBC Inside Out and got a phenomenal reaction from the viewers.”

Rob Whitehouse, Producer Whitehouse Media