- File Size: 597 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: LegumeMan Books (February 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 11, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007F2851W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hammered: Memoir of an Addict Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
He is a trained nurse, and holds a Cert. IV in Professional Writing and Editing, as well as a Dip. Arts (Professional Writing and Editing).
At graduation, Braun was awarded 'Vocational Student of the Year' and '2012 Student of the Year' by his college.
He writes fiction across various genres, and is the author of short stories 'Boneyard Smack', 'Bubba wants YOU', 'Insurrection' (all available as free downloads from Legumeman Books), and 'Santa Akbar!' (published in Festive Fear: Global Edition, out through Tasmaniac Publications in Australia). He has a short story-'Autumn as Metaphor'-in the charity anthology Horror For Good ('Autumn' has now been reprinted four other times) and a short story-'Brand New Day'-in Midnight Echo #7, and has had numerous articles published in newspapers. He is the past president of the Australian Horror Writers Association (2011-2013), as well as the past director of the Australian Shadows Awards. He is an editor and columnist for UK site This is Horror, and the guest editor for Midnight Echo #9.
His memoir, Hammered, was released in early 2012 by Legumeman Books and has been extensively reviewed.
He is the owner of Cohesion Editing and Proofreading, and has now opened a publishing house, Cohesion Press.
Top Customer Reviews
Hammered differs from other great Junkie memoirs like William S. Burrough's "Junkie" or "Naked Lunch" in that Braun writes with a clear mind and a carefully recorded memory of what it is like to be dragged through life by a needle. The narrative style is close to Burroughs though; that easy almost deadpan recounting of just how horrific and all consuming addiction can be. Overall it is a grim manual on how to survive a life where nothing matters but the next fix.
I give it 4 stars for the clear, compelling, and utterly gripping story and a 5th star because the honesty of it left me shaken.
Hammered is the memoir that should be read by everyone.
Braun builds our attachment to (and empathy for) the narrator via devices often used by fiction writers before proceeding to test that attachment/empathy as the narrator descends during his late teenage years into addiction and petty crime. Moral ambiguity abounds adding to the central drama and drawing us further into the text - provoking emotional identification at every turn.
The Central Victorian launch of Hammered (which I was lucky enough to attend)culminated in a Q & A session with the author in which he spoke about his wish that the book might help better inform not only those in the grips of life-threatening addictions but also their loved ones who are often in despair at the self-destructiveness often accompanying such conditions. 'If there is one thing I'd like loved ones to take from the book it's the message that you should never give up on a family member or friend going through these kinds of experiences ... no matter how far gone he or she may appear to be ..'
Braun's existential starkness reveals a deep humanity as well as a profound fascination with the puzzle that is humanity in extremis. This book has after-resonance - highly recommended!
I really wanted to rate this 5 stars just for the reasons stated above, but due to several issues, I can't bring myself to give it the complete 5 star rating that it potentially could be worth if cleaned up. --- First off, there were some typo's that got distracting. I understand that the author is from Australia, but there were some grammatical issues that weren't due to different types of English styles. A few didn't bug me, but after awhile, it pulled me from the story. Secondly, there were parts that got repetitive. At one point, I turned my Kindle on to continue reading and thought that somehow, it had skipped back a few chapters, only for me to realize it was right where I left it, but a similar scenario was happening again.
The story is heartbreaking and I felt I was right beside the author with his struggle to get clean - toward the end, it was true to fashion in how addicts want to get clean but they continue to relapse and go right back to using. I was hoping that he'd eventually find the light at the end of the tunnel and stay sober, and I hope that is still true today for this man.
If you are into gritty, real life stories, this is good - I feel like it has potential to be a good, strong 5 star book if the author gets it edited and deletes some of the repetition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly honest and brutally fascinating, this is a short book and it's clear that there's so much more to the story than that conveyed here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan Baxter
Heartbreakingly honest, this memoir is sure to give you a better understanding of an addict's life. We are quick to judge without having any real understanding. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ucat42
I give 5 stars to every book I read, no matter who they are, whether they be Stephen King or Dostoevsky or G.N. Braun or any writer from A - Z. Read more
If you have ever been in recovery, you'll like this. He's one of the few that made it out alive after years of abusing speed and heroin. You know it was hard! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Maryann Lane
A clear, well written and frightening re-telling of a life of abuse and addiction. A book many parents, and teachers for that matter, should have on their reading lists.Published 13 months ago by Ian Luke
Stark, crazy, honest, heartbreaking. The guy really was out there. I say there's no bullpucky here, just mundane Australian hell.Published 14 months ago by kriemhild85