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Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.

In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth: this hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals and a best-selling smartphone app, was a fraud. She had lied about having cancer - to her family and friends, to her business partners and publishers, and to the hundreds of thousands of people, including genuine cancer survivors, who were inspired by her Instagram posts.

Written by the same multiaward-winning journalists who uncovered the details of Gibson's lies, The Woman Who Fooled the World tracks the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace. Told through interviews with the people who know her best, it unravels the mystery and motivation behind this deception and follows the public reaction to a scandal that made headlines around the world.

The Woman Who Fooled the World explores the lure of alternative cancer treatments, the cottage industry flourishing behind the wellness and 'clean eating' movements and the power of social media. It documents the devastating impact this con had on Gibson's fans and on people suffering from cancer. Ultimately, it answers not just how but why Gibson was able to fool so many.

©2017 Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • AnyaBel
  • 21-08-20

Can you hate a story and love it too?

Wow she could have left it at brain cancer recovery story and probably gotten away with it but she kept pushing it like an idiot. Why would you think anyone would believe you had all that cancer everywhere and still walking around. partying like nothings wrong. She wanted people to be shocked by her diagnosis and in turn donate even more. Wow how can someone be so dumb though. I cant. lol

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  • Roxie
  • 02-04-20

Just wow!

I didn’t know to much about the case so all the info in this book were new to me and it’s so good to have them all in one place. Besides Belle Gibson story, the authors talked about other cancer scammers and the myths of the wellness industry. A very interesting book. I also liked the narrator and I liked the fact that they choses an Australian narrator.

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  • ZA_Lizzy
  • 23-02-20

Interesting!

I came across this young fraudster on YouTube one night whilst searching for something. I watched the 60 Minutes program and was intrigued with het story. Bought the book and listened.... Belle Gibson had everyone fooled. What bothers me is that nobody asked more questions and investigated her cancer claims rather than accepting all her lies.

The narrator was excellent. Giving her origin, having a narrator from AU gave the book some authenticity.

The story was captivating but does have certain chapters where I completely lost interest, but kept listening. Towards the end it felt rushed, almost like they ran out of time and had to wrap it up.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and finished it quicker than I anticipated.

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  • NutriGal
  • 10-02-18

Must listen

Absolutely essential listening for anyone who has been immersed in food or nutrition culture - tells a captivating story while digging in to the wellness industry and the forces behind it

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  • Tracy Elliott
  • 14-02-18

Stunning analysis of a growing global threat to health

Probably the best, most forensic dissection of a flawed person and how media manipulation grew her into a major health force despite knowing that she peddled lies.
As this phenomenon grows globally we must listen to the cautions so clearly described in the book.

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