This remarkable memoir of the legendary Vivian Mackerrell, on whom the character Withnail in Bruce Robinson's iconic film was largely based, is also an attempt to capture the essence of growing up as part of the 'Baby Boom' generation. It encompasses the half century from the end of the Second World War until the height of the ecstasy era. Vivian's story is told intertwined with incidents from Colin Bacon's own life along with a wealth of colourful eccentrics and luminaries including Bruce Robinson and Paul Smith. Both 'sons of Nottingham', Bacon came to know Vivian well. There was no doubt that Mackerrell was a star. After leaving drama school he seemed, with his obvious talent and good looks, destined for great things. But by then his life had begun to decline into a maelstrom of excess. Despite the obvious health warnings, he continually refused to change, accepting his fate with mild indifference. This funny, warm and affectionate memoir will be essential reading to the many thousands of Withnail fans and a vivid social document of a now forgotten time.