Pour Me by Gill A. A.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE 'A. A. Gill the man who makes a living getting beneath the skin of things whether it's television restaurants or places round the world - has skinned himself' VANITY FAIR 'An intense succulent read that's intermittently dazzling' THE TIMES 'Chilling exquisitely moving' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Alert emphatic mordant unforgiving' SUNDAY TIMES A. A. Gill's memoir begins in the dark of a dormitory with six strangers. He is an alcoholic dying in the last-chance saloon. He tells the truth - as far as he can remember it - about drinking and about what it is like to be drunk. He recalls the lost days lost friends failed marriages ...But there was also an 'optimum inebriation a time when it was all golden'. Sobriety regained there are painterly descriptions of people and places unforgettable musings about childhood and family art and religion; and most movingly the connections between his cooking dyslexia and his missing brother. Full of raw and unvarnished truths exquisitely written throughout POUR ME is about lost time and self-discovery. Lacerating unflinching uplifting it is a classic about drunken abandon.