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Glorious Rock Bottom: 'A shocking story told with heart and hope. You won't be able to put it down.' Dolly Alderton

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I found this quite a frustrating read on first reflection, as the simple ‘pour me, pour me’ bandwagon is always too easy to jump on and she was a mother with multiple vices - as a fellow mother my set life perspective screamed how could she do this? It also opens an interesting discussion about how as a society we see alcohol and the pressures that come with not drinking. Knowing these thoughts and emotions and behaviours and cravings and outbursts I get are things other addicts experience too. She is the author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers plus The Sunday Times Number One bestsellers You Got This and Mad Girl which were both nominated for British Book Awards.

Alcoholism is often misunderstood, viewed as a choice rather than a disease, and I hope that this memoir will encourage empathy and understanding.Incredibly honest and moving account of Bryony's realisation that she was an alcoholic, and her journey into sobriety.

One of the lines that I found the most powerful was “So when people ask me why, I tell them that I stopped drinking because I wanted to start living. Support, understanding and compassion are crucial - particularly from people who have also been through it. The narrative jumps from Bryony’s experiences in rehab to describing the often shocking situations she was in while drinking. I've read quite a few addiction memoirs and I've always been left with wanting to know how people navigate sobriety. The term “mental health awareness” is bandied about in such a facile way to the point where it’s lost all meaning, but Bryony genuinely does raise awareness of incredibly debilitating and life changing conditions.Of course, Bryony Gordon is an extremely successful journalist and her groundbreaking work for mental health paints her as someone in complete control. I already adore this lady (I once ran past her during a 10k event and was so starstruck after following her for years, all I did was just shout "Bryony, I love you!

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