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Albertine's dark humour and sharp prose lift her into another league . . . This book transcends rock 'n' roll. (The Times)
Even more compelling and breathtakingly candid that its predecessor. (Stuart Maconie)
Genuinely startling . . . fierce, direct, unashamed . . . She masks nothing. The result is a book that does for the family memoir what its predecessor did for the rock autobiography: scythes through the myths, the distortions, the adornments and finds the rich distinctive stories beneath. (Sunday Times)
The best memoir I've ever read. (Dolly Alderton)
Brave, heroic and unarguably one of the most significant voices in British non-fiction. (Mojo)
[A] beautiful, tough, ribald, unsparing memoir. It's so rare to encounter writing this frank and fearless about love, violence, loneliness, mess of all kinds . . . A book for all ages and experiences. (Olivia Laing)
With her second book, Albertine breaks more new ground . . . All the rigour and rage of her punk heritage make this utterly compelling writing. (Financial Times)
Brutal and funny and heartrending and shocking . . . Violently funny about love, ageing, and realationships and sex . . . Albertine is a magnificent writer . . . There is not a single dull moment here, no page without rage, no sentence without pain or humour. (The Wire)
Incandescent . . . Where Albertine describes herself as frustrated, exhausted and repressed in real life, on the page she is wry and vibrant, and seems to hold nothing back. (New York Times Book Review)
Unflinching, frank, detailed, funny, disarming, deadpan yet passionate . . . completely gripping . . . You can't tear yourself away. (Times Literary Supplement)
Brave, intimate, and deeply confessional, this is the long-awaited follow-up to Viv Albertine's sensational bestselling memoir.See all Product description
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I bought her first book (CCCMMMBBB) mainly for the punk rock war stories but it was the second, more confessional, second half that completely poleaxed me.
This is more in that vein. Brilliant, fearless, and hard to put down.
I did laugh at an innapropriate moment when Viv said her daughter was between them
hopping from one foot to the other with her arms out like a netball player defending the goal. Brilliant.
I think this real life style is the way writing seems to be going at the moment with also Karl Ove Knaussguard's
autobiographical books. Brave authors to write the truth but whats the point if you dont.
I like way the book is structured and while not a unique device the way contemporary events are hung around the past is very well done and you never lose the thread. It reads very well and I probably ‘enjoyed’ it more than the first book which was also very good.
I am a similar age played in bands and have similar cultural reference points but would also hope my daughter would get something from this book and will be recommending it to her and others.