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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751539732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751539738
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As gripping as it is appalling, WASTED is all you could ask of a misery-and-trauma book - it's shocking and it's haunting and it's about one hell of a life (DAILY MAIL)

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* A Childhood Stolen. An Innocence Betrayed. A Life Redeemed

* A shocking and inspiring true account of addiction and recovery - in the tradition of The Kid and Ugly


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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Willy Maley on 25 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lazy labels like `misery memoir' are slapped onto books of varying quality. Mark Johnson's Wasted, based on his life on the streets, is in a class of its own. It's a harrowing tale with a happy ending and a strong but far from simple message. Mark is an amazing success story, someone who, after years of abuse and addiction, offending and sleeping rough, has gone on to become living proof that rehab works. You could also say he's an example of the wisdom that comes with experience. In telling his own story, Mark is telling the story of other young people, and it's no surprise his ideas about mentoring are now being taken seriously by the probation service in England and Wales. There's nothing self-serving about his recollections, no denial, no preaching. This is the real deal from a writer who is bigger than the story he's telling, and with a story as powerful and compelling as this that's saying something. When Johnson talks about the world he came from, the one he left behind, and the one he wants to help others out of, his writing has the passing bell ring of truth. "Pranged is the tuning fork that never stops vibrating", Johnson says of the comedown from crack, "Pranged is fingernails on metal dustbin lids. Pranged is your body and mind being cut open and exposed to everything sharp in the world", and "pranged" is what the reader feels after putting down this brave, breathtaking, brutally honest book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Catherine M. Cave on 28 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a brilliant, honest, and in places shocking, of a man who came up from the very depths of society to make a success of himself. The problems with drugs, his battle with them - and to emerge and make his life a success - simply brilliant, un-put-downable. I wanted to know just how drugs affected people who indulged. Now I do know. Then the fact that he fought back to having a good life.

Cathy Cave
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Selma D on 15 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Wasted" is a book that will stop you in your tracks. It's no-holds-barred account of a violent childhood and adult life on the streets is at times painful to read. But its a read that you can't put down and which forces you to turn the page... then the next... and then the next.

Its exactly right that Amazon have paired the book with "Abandoned" by Anya Peters. I've read both and they complement each other perfectly - one describing homelessness and childhood suffering from a male perspective the other giving a female point of view.

Two aspects of both books stand out for me. An eye for the telling detail of everyday life that says so much more than a lengthy descirption. And the voice of the central characters which come across so distinctly. Its as though you are there on the streets yourself: in "Wasted" sleeping rough in doorways, looking for that next fix, in "Abandoned" living in your car, trying to maintain a pretence of normality when your situation is anything but. I couldn't say one book is better than the other. Read them both and its an experience you won't forget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John McBride on 16 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Mark Johnson brings us into a world that fortunately for most of us, we never see. This book brings you to the levels that Mark Johnson experienced. The writing is terrific & brings you onto the streets with him & into the turmoil's of his life. This is a very honest book which at times, can be disturbing. I applaud Mark Johnson for getting his life back in order. I am also pleased that his fight has been recognised & totally agree with him when he says his qualifications are his experiences. It's an honest book that takes us down, goes through the 'ups & downs' of his life, the hurt that he passed onto people & try's to explain what drugs does to not only yourself, but to your loved ones. I also admire his honesty. Mark cannot be proud of what he done, but he can be proud of himself now that he came through some shocking experiences that you would not wish on your enemies. Well most of them anyway. Good Luck Mark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pws on 10 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have always been interested in the whys and what fors of heroin use. I could never understand why the addicts just couldn't give it up. Was it that good that they didn't want to stop? But, Mark told me everything I wanted to know. The real pain and suffering in wanting to give up. He explains that no matter how hard the angel in your mind wants to stop, the devil always wins. Both the physcial and mental pain are just too much to just stop alone. Which is why I feel that the Governent should be doing more to help addicts to stop. If there were more places for them to go for help, more places available in detox centers, then they would not have to beg and steal to feed a habit that sounds so destroying and from what I now gather, pure hell for the user. To top it all there is a real feel good ending for Mark. A great book. 10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genie on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This tells the true story of the author's journey from drug abuse and criminality (at an early age) to drug addiction & homelessness and how the guy turned it all around. I normally don't like memoirs of "rough lives" but this is one I couldn't put down. This guy can really write. It's an incredible tale, horrifying in parts but totally without the cloying self-pity I've previously seen in such memoirs. Anyone working in the area of drugs or drug addicts absolutely needs to read it. An inspiring and fascinating story. Before reading this book I had only 2 attitudes toward junkies: fear or loathing. This book totally changed my attitude to drug addicts; now I can view them with a much greater understanding. Highly recommended reading, an articulate and important book.
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