Nick Toscano & Beau Donelly - The Woman Who Fooled the World

Monday 13 November 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets $10.00
Tickets available until 13 November 2017 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

Bri Lee is in-conversation with co-authors Nick Toscano and Beau Donelly for the launch of The Woman Who Fooled the World: Belle Gibson's Cancer Con.

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 who were inspired by her blog, including real cancer survivors.

Written by the same multi-award-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.

Nick Toscano & Beau Donelly were in 2015 nominated for a Walkley Award for their exposé on Belle Gibson’s charity fraud. The story that was shortlisted contributed to Gibson’s downfall and prompted a Consumer Affairs Victoria-led prosecution in the Federal Circuit Court, which found her guilty of deceptive and misleading conduct.

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