Rosie WaterlandScreenwriter | Author | Podcaster

Rosie Waterland is an author, columnist, screenwriter and comedian.

Rosie initially rose to popularity in 2013, with her satirical recaps of the first season of The Bachelor Australia. Rosie’s first book, a memoir about her difficult childhood called The Anti-Cool Girl, (HarperCollins) published in 2015 was as a critically acclaimed national bestseller, shortlisted for a 2016 Indie Book Award, the 2017 Russel Prize For Humour Writing, and two 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, including best biography and best new writer of the year. Rosie won the 2016 ABIA People’s Choice Matt Richell New Writer of the Year Award.

Her second book, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told, published in 2017 also went on to become a national bestseller, subsequently being named number 41 in the Dymocks Top 101 Books Of All Time list.

She was co-star and creator of ABC comedic political documentary series, What’s Going On: With Jamila Rizvi and Rosie Waterland.

Rosie debuted her first live sold-out one-woman show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March 2016, My Life On The Couch (with vodka). Her second one-woman show, Crazy Lady, had a sold-out national tour the following year. Her third show, Kid Chameleon, is touring Australia in 2021.

In 2017, Rosie created and produced a podcast based on her first book, The Anti-Cool Girl, called Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie. It won the 2018 Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) for Best Original Podcast. To date it has been downloaded more than 8 million times.

Rosie’s current podcast, Just The Gist, won the Australian Podcast Award for Best Entertainment Podcast in 2020.

Rosie’s life and career achievements were turned into an episode of Australian Story, which aired on ABC in April of 2019 and is currently available on ABC iView.

She is making use of her formal qualifications by developing several film and television projects as well as a novel.

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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, 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.

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 Sunday 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.

‘Individual, wounded, brilliant and hilarious’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘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

The Anti Cool Girlwas shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards and for the 2016 ABIA Awards for Biography of the Year, and also shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. She was also the Winner of the 2016 ABIA Awards People’s Choice for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

Published by Harper Collins [To purchase, go to Publisher]

I’m okay!’ 

The bestselling author of The Anti-Cool Girl returns with a devastating, heartbreaking, brilliant, brave and laugh-out-loud funny memoir of telling lies and being on the brink…

‘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!’

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.

Published by Harper Collins [To purchase, go to Publisher]

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