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Cleaning Up: How I Gave Up Drinking and Lived Paperback – January 1, 2009

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Starred Review. In this gem of a memoir, Glyde, a talented British writer with two novels under her belt, provides gritty details of her life as an alcoholic. After hitting the bottom, she manages to swim back to the top, providing keen insight into the nature of dependency and the alcohol industry's culpability. Anyone who has been around the block with the bottle will heartily embrace this survivor's story.—Lynne Maxwell
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What sets this book apart [is that] it is illuminating about the inner emotional damage that leads to wildly self-destructive behaviour; and also about the society that allows such behaviour to flourish... pretty much unputdownable. Evening Standard Eminently practical and personal... one to recommend to the friend who needs to clean up -- John Sutherland Financial Times There [is] something heroic about someone who rages on her own terms, crumbles and cracks on her own terms, and then builds herself up with bricks she's baked herself Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852429496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852429492
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,010,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clearly a work of fact, not fiction. When the author describes some of the scrapes she finds herself in, I began to think I was there at the time.

I particularly enjoyed hearing her 'friends' reactions to her attempts to improve her life, both when she announced she was quitting the demon rum and when she told them she was writing a book.
As dear old Oscar, or one of his pals points out, 'to suceed is not enough; others must fail.'
Well, others may not like it, but Tanya Glyde has succeeded.
To your health!
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This memoir was a compelling read. The author's narrative is profoundly affecting: Glyde really shows, in almost cinematic detail, how, for her, the substance(s) came to equal abuse. The writing is elegant and spectacularly personal - - a real act of bravery on every page. Though it gives great insight into day-to-day life, and battles, with addiction, it's not a poor-me weepie. A warning to us all, perhaps, or a lesson, but also a story of triumph that's deeply inspiring.
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This is a rambling hard to follow account o a woman's party life. I never made it to the part where she aa rurally quit drinking as I couldn't deal with the rhythm of the writing.it was pretty uninspiring.
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By Chris on September 8, 2013
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If Tania Glyde can see the light of sobriety, so can you. When you reach your bottom read this, after you read "Unwasted". Great book!
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Whether you are an addict or not, there is insight and inspiration hidden within these sad, touching and often hilarious pages.
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