From Headlines to Hard Times Hardcover – 5 Jan 2009
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However, he describes his decline from being a well-known broadcaster without self-pity and admits his lion's share of the blame. After good turns from others helped him get himself out of the mire, he is keen to encourage others. He emphasises that alcoholics need help, not nagging, in order to learn to be, and love to be, sober. He offers no miracle cures and maintains the questioning approach of the journalist to what works for some people and what might work for others.
Ed stresses that really wanting to change is the key, changing thinking and behaviour. But above all his joy at regaining his freedom comes through strongly - "freedom from all mental constraints and that awful sense of something (alcohol) controlling and limiting me".
Ed notes that many of us have other negative patterns of thought and behaviour from which we should seek to recover, like alcoholics who are strong enough to admit their problems and do something about them. I'll drink to that! I'll also admit to a bias as I worked with Ed some 30 years ago. But we had had little contact since then and none for many years until recently, when we met for a meal and a fruit juice. He wasn't phased by others drinking alcohol around us and urged me to do likewise if I wanted to. As he says at the end of the book, "I wanted to live more than I needed to drink." Read this good news story!
This is a great read, strangely uplifting and thought provoking. The underlying message of hope and not giving up clearly shone through.
I had to laugh when I opened the package though. Amazon had thoughtfully included a £40 off voucher for Virgin wines...the irony I am sure would not have been lost on Ed!
It is an amazing personal account and very readable and will be used as a huge encouragement for individuals who are caught or have been caught in the trap of addiction.
however I could not fully understand the homeless bit. The authors mother had a house and garage surely he could have used these facilities to
ensure his safekeeping. Understandably he felt he did not want to burden her with his addiction but how many homeless people have this option.
Good book happy that he was able to come through it and wish him all the
best for the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you ever want to understand the challenges of addiction and the impact on everyone involved - this books for you! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christopher Carter
Fascinating Autobiography - it is well written with humour and not at all self pitying. Ed is honest and direct and it was especially interesting as I know the areas of Brighton... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nichola
So many people can benefit from reading this book. Reminds me of holidays in impoverished (so called) countries, but they smile all the time!!!Published 17 months ago by Brio
This was a gift and is just as ordered, many thanks for a great purchase with no issues.Published 18 months ago by b wilkinson
This being a true story is very interesting. I watched the document a few years ago and was interested in what
happened after that. Read more