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Powerful, witty and very tragic,
This review is from: Bliss to be Alive: The Collected Journalism of Gavin Hills (Paperback)
What an incredible, action packed 31 years he had before he was tragically killed in that freak accident in Cornwall. Here was a true spokesperson for his generation, having been into football (incl. hooliganism), drugs, drink, clubbing, the territorial army in Belize (amazing piece of journalism and justifies the book on it's own), and having visited many war ravaged parts of Europe, this Guardian/The Face/ England FC Offical Fanzine journo wrote with immense passion and sensitivity towards others. He knew his past was flawed, he knew he was full of mistakes, and he was messed up big time when his wife left him for his best mate which understandably led to many bouts of depression.
Nevertheless the book remains funny, thought provoking, enlightening and a hell of a lot more. He was the same age as me, and reading it knowing he was now dead was both spooky and sad. A tragic waste. I came away thinking - I wish I had a best mate like Gavin Hills.
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