âPour Me a LifeÂ is an unapologetÂically honest, raw, and often harÂrowing account of the life of a man who, up until now, we only thought we knew. Here is A.A. Gill at his best. A real-lifeÂ Bright Lights, Big City.âÂ âEric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin, and author of theÂ New York TimesbestsellerÂ 32 Yolks
Best known for his hysterically funny and often scathing restaurant reviews for the London Sunday Times, A.A. Gillâs Pour Me a Life is a riveting memoir of the authorâs alcoholism, seen through the lens of the memories that remain, and the transformative moments in art, food, religion, and family that saved him from a lifelong addiction and early death.
By his early twenties, at Londonâs prestigious Saint Martinâs art school, journalist Adrian Gill was entrenched in alcoholism. He writes from the handful of memories that remain, of drunken conquests with anonymous women, of waking to morbid hallucinations, of emptying jacket pockÂets that âwere like tiny crime scenes,â helping him puzzle his whereabouts back together. ThroughÂout his recollections, Gill traces his childhood, his early diagnosis of dyslexia, the deep sense of isolation when he was sent to boarding school at age eleven, the disappearance of his only brother, whom he has not seen for decades.
When Gill was confronted at age thirty by a doctor who questioned his drinking, he answered honestly for the first time, not because he was ready to stop, but because his body was too damÂaged to live much longer. Gill was admitted to a thirty-day rehab centerâthen a rare and revoluÂtionary concept in Englandâand has lived three decades of his life sober. Written with clear-eyed honesty and empathy, Pour Me a Life is a haunting account of addiction, its exhilarating power and destructive force, and is destined to be a classic of its kind.
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