Pour Me

£8.99

Aged 30, at a treatment centre in the west of England, Adrian Gill lay in the last-chance saloon, in the dark of a dormitory with six strangers. His dark yet laugh-out-loud memoir charts the year between the end of his marriage and the end of drinking, on April 1st. Or perhaps it was not a year – it might be only 6 months or 18. None of this is hand-on-Bible fact. The one charity of drink is that it strips away memory. So this book is an attempt to resurrect the boat that was going the other way, and its cargo, its log of how he got here. Being Adrian Gill, this is no faith-infused tale of redemption. It isn’t an account of a debauched drink-and-drug hell; there will be no lessons to learn; or handy hints or golden rules.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE

‘An intense, succulent read that’s intermittently dazzling’ THE TIMES
‘Chilling, exquisitely moving’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘A superb memoir – and one of the best books on addiction I have ever read’ EVENING STANDARD

A. A. Gill’s memoir begins in the dark of a dormitory with six strangers. He is an alcoholic, dying in the last-chance saloon. He tells the truth – as far as he can remember it – about drinking and about what it is like to be drunk. He recalls the lost days, lost friends, failed marriages … But there was also an ‘optimum inebriation, a time when it was all golden’.

Sobriety regained, there are painterly descriptions of people and places, unforgettable musings about childhood and family, art and religion; and most movingly, the connections between his cooking, dyslexia and his missing brother.

Full of raw and unvarnished truths, exquisitely written throughout, POUR ME is about lost time and self-discovery. Lacerating, unflinching, uplifting, it is a classic about drunken abandon.

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Weight 0.24 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 13 × 3 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

ix, 241

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

362.292092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K