SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE
'An intense, succulent read that's intermittently dazzling' THE TIMES
'Chilling, exquisitely moving' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'A superb memoir - and one of the best books on addiction I have ever read' EVENING STANDARD
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.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Pour Me, A. A. Gill
Insightful, revealing and so very poignant given the author's death so soon after publication. This memoir describes the life long effects on self-belief of dyslexia, the privations of a 1960 private school, the entertaining world of glossy periodicals, the torments of addiction and the strength of love of a parent for his child (and for his own parents) all through the eyes, and elegant prose, of this masterful journalist.
The content is not wholly chronological and Gill's style is an indication of his mercurial mind as he looks for reasons for his behaviour and life choices, without any hint of blame or justification.
I am already reading it for the second time. Every paragraph and page deserves to be savoured.