To Throw Away Unopened (Hardback)Viv Albertine (author)
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2018
What was I fighting for? Even now I'm not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.
Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to the wonderful Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty. To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman's obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger.
It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.
Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy.
With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 210 x 145 x 21 mm
‘A sensitive glimpse into the inner life of a nonconformist who has overcome an impoverished, dysfunctional upbringing and found some sort of place in the world. Misery memoirs may be all the rage, but Albertine’s dark humour and sharp prose lift her into another league.' – The Times
‘Essentially a chronicle of outsiderness. It is driven by a relentless honesty about herself and the dysfunctional family dynamic she was born into, which she lays bare with an almost forensic eye.' – The Guardian
'Albertine's writing is not indulgently cathartic but fierce, direct, unashamed. She masks nothing.' - The Sunday Times
‘An odd but compelling hybrid of a memoir… vignettes of the indignities wrought by age, illness and romantic disappointment are underscored by Albertine’s weary, deadpan dryness, and her fierce adoration of her mother Kath and teenage daughter Vida.’ – Evening Standard
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