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Goodbye, Mr. Wonderful: Alcoholism, Addiction and Early Recovery [Paperback]

Chris McCully
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15 July 2004
Written at the end of 1999, when Chris McCully was hospitalised and treated for alcoholism for the third time, and during 2003, when he left England to begin a new career as a writer in the Netherlands, this is an honest, and at times painful, account of his ongoing recovery. Alcoholism is a lifelong condition from which there is no cure. Chris McCully does not offer warnings or exhortations, but gives witness to the banal, terrifying and commonplace nature of addiction, and to the slow process of recovery. Written from a position of unusual self-awareness and understanding, this book is an important and, hopeful, resource for mental health professionals. A personal account of debilitating mental and physical illness, this book should be read by all professionals working in the mental health field, and by anyone with an interest in alcoholism and recovery.

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley; 1st American Ed edition (15 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184310265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843102656
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It was like the best kind of having a recovery meeting available every day.' - A reader

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Chris McCully is and always will be an alcoholic, and today he is in recovery. He is married and lives in Amsterdam. He is a freelance writer and an academic. He goes fishing as often as possible. There is no causal or other connection between these statements.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging autobiography of early recovery 16 Aug 2008
Absolutely superb autobiographical account of McCullys recovery from alcohol addiction. McCully, a professor of English, writer and fisherman takes us on a journey through the first 2 years of recovery. The books strength is in the intimacy with which he tells his story. Starting out in rehab and surveying the wreckage of his life, McCully tells how he slowly rebuilds his life. A great companion read for anyone in early recovery or for any friend, partner, or counsellor who wishes to know what the recovery process actually feels like. McCully also reflects, in hindsight, about his own addictive process and how it overcame him with bits of factual input about alcoholism throughout. A lovely storyteller, a must for the bookshelf of anyone who likes good writing, ascerbic, intricate, poignant and like all good stories - a happy end. Checking McCullys website, I find he is now, as of Aug 2008, 7 years sober, and fishing again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable companion in early recovery. 5 Jan 2010
This book went everywhere with me during the first difficult months of recovery. Told without the usual mawkish sentimentality associated with much recovery literature, the impact of the author's story is powerful and shattering - and ultimately redemptive. A very important book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hello happiness... 29 Jun 2013
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I read this book when I first started stopping drinking. It helped me to put down the drink completely and stay stopped. I now read it once a year to remind me of how I felt when I first started on the road to recovery. Its an inspiring book. Gritty and realistic. I have bought it for others and recommended it many times as it spoke to me. Chris may not be telling your exact story, but he certainly will be telling bits of it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to find sobriety both emotional and physical. Thanks Chris.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Liked this book... 14 Feb 2014
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but found it heavy and hard going. Didn't manage to finish it which was a real shame. May try again at a later date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest struggle of an eloquent man 15 Nov 2006
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This book describes all aspects of a sensitive and intelligent man's struggle against alcoholism. Despite all the relapses in the past and possibly the future, the only sensible thing to do is to keep searching for a way to release the self of this constant preoccupation. This man is always questioning and evaluating, choosing his words carefully and always aware of the consequences his addiction has on the people around him and of course on his own life.

Very useful account for people struggling with addiction and everyone interested in them, out of professional or personal interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent view on early recovery 22 April 2011
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Chris McCully really captures the doubts, fears, ruminations and challenges encountered by the newly sober. I really enjoyed his honesty, subtle humor and eclectic writing ie a scholar, sportsman, naturalist, drinker, teetotaler - he does it all! Very, very worth reading......and well written.
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