Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing (Paperback)
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Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing (Paperback)

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Published: 25/06/2024
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The beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.

'Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.'

So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor, the late Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who travelled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us... and so much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell - and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it - Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he's found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humour, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fuelled it despite seemingly having it all.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening - as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472295972
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is a raw, unflinching memoir that took courage to write. As it turns out, Matthew Perry has a lot of courage. He takes us through his addiction, his illness and his paralyzing loneliness. Somehow, during the course of his life, Matthew was able to turn his pain into comedic joy for others, but, he tells us, it was at a cost. Matthew takes us through his "hell" but doesn't wallow. Ultimately, this book is filled with hope for the future. If you want to know about who Matthew Perry is, stay away from the rags and read this. - Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the NBC sitcom Friends

A fascinating, gruesome tale of addiction - Guardian

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“I just want to give him a big hug”

I got this book as a Christmas present from my boyfriend. As soon as I heard Mathew Perry was bringing out a book I knew I had to have it and give it a read being a huge fan of friends and mathew perrys work. This... More

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“Heavy going but worth it”

I ploughed through this book in 3 days, I needed to take breaks as it's heavy going and I really connected with this topic. As a child of an alcoholic and pain med addicted parent who's back to smoking and... More

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“Read of the decade!”

I soon as I saw that book I had the feeling : Got to buy it is going to be great!
I was right , absolutely great book , insightful and honest . Full of scare and hope …
I read the book in 1 day !!! I couldn’t dear... More

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