I had high hopes for this book, I really did. I'm a huge (early) Manics fan, and as a fellow self-harmer, a Richey devotee too.
So where to begin... Well, the main problem I found with the book was the idea of the book itself. Think about it - put yourself in Richey's shoes here. You disappear (or die), and someone comes along and writes what is effectively an autobiography of you, on your behalf, without your permission. He acts like you (or what he decides is you), talks like you, even decides how you end your life for you. Writes it all down, releases a book. Ka-ching.
It's not even the shoe-horned awkward references or clumsy language, but even referring to self-harm in the… Read more