Second Chances: Facing my demons and finding a better me

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Second Chances: Facing my demons and finding a better me
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Hayley Holt
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Category/GenreYoung Adult April 2023
ISBN/Barcode 9781775542261

Publishing Details

Publisher HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
NZ Release Date 1 April 2023
Publication Country New Zealand


A raw and honest story of alcoholism, recovery and courage in the face of loss Hayley Holt grew up in the public eye. Now it's time to share her side of the story. After breaking free from the strict dance schedule of her childhood, in her late teens Hayley found freedom at the bottom of a bottle: she became confident, easygoing, the life of the party. Before long it became a crutch. As her high-profile TV career grew, Hayley spent nights drinking, getting kicked out of clubs, and blacking out. In this vulnerable memoir, she describes the scare that led her to Alcoholics Anonymous, her journey to sobriety, and an ADHD diagnosis that brought everything into focus. Then, single, forty, and at the peak of her career, Hayley embarked on a pregnancy that was cut short by a devastating stillbirth. Yet in the darkest place of her life, she found hope in a blossoming new love. Heartbreaking and inspiring, filled with Hayley's wicked wit, Second Chances is about finding the courage to face up to your mistakes, and learning that even the deepest pain can be followed by the greatest joy.

Author Biography

Hayley Holt is one of New Zealand's most well-known journalists and television hosts. She co-hosted TVNZ Breakfast from 2018 to 2020, and currently presents sports on 1News at 6. A former professional ballroom dancer and snowboarder, Hayley has appeared on our screens and airways for over twenty years. She is a lover of nature, a passionate believer in a fair go, mother to Raven and partner to Josh.