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A compelling and unusual account of addiction and mayhem
on 19 September 2014
Lincoln Townley is probably best known in the public eye for being Denise Welch's husband. Therefore, most people would probably expect this book to be a typical pedestrian account they have read many times before about someone in the public eye descending into their addiction. However, this book is very interestingly constructed and at items reads like a novel. While the reader may question the factual accuracy of events, the telling of the tale is compelling and draws the reader into Lincoln's deranged, addicted mind in a way this reader has not witnessed in a book of this type before.
It is clear that Lincoln is a storyteller and has a strong skill in crafting and weaving his words to command attention and pull the reader into his inner world. You also have to admire his honesty in laying his life and his many flaws out before everyone. I can imagine this book formed a therapeutic part of his recovery from his many addictions and commend him in reclaiming himself and his sanity.
It is clear that he is a sensitive, clever and talented man who was consumed by a rage catalysed by his father's untimely death. The rage wanted drama, turbulence, chaos and addictive distractions to fuel it. These kept him stuck in a permanent state of 'rebellious child' and denial that nearly brought about his own demise.
The device of personifying and naming his inner demon is a good one and while he himself says at the end of the book it is fictional, I am sure to him it was all too real. I hope Lincoln quiets that demon forever and continues to live a creative and fulfilled life painting and writing more books. It would be a shame to only witness his literary skills just the once. I would love to see what other great stories are lying dormant within him waiting to see the light of day. He deserves more credit than to just be thought of as 'Denise Welch's husband'.