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Bitter Experience Has Taught Me

Nicholas Lezard

The hilarious, eye-watering and ill-advised misadventures of a middle-aged man behaving badly.

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In 2007, Nicholas Lezard was kicked out of his home, for reasons we need not go into here. Since then he has been obliged to muster whatever scant internal resources he has – and to pay child support – while maintaining an entirely essential wine habit. From being the adult father in a household with three children he has had to relearn the art of being just one member of a shared home, as if he was a student all over again.

His housemates have included his great friend Razors, the psychopath with a heart of gold, and Laurie Penny, the brilliant feminist journalist and campaigner who still would prefer not to empty the bins.

He hopes this account of his adventures and misadventures in love, alcohol and games of Night Cricket played against the wall of the local church will be a comfort and an inspiration to all feckless male dolts in similar positions. And an Awful Warning for those who are, as yet, not.


Nicholas Lezard is a weekly contributor to the Guardian‘s book pages, and writes the ‘Down and Out in London’ column in the New Statesman, from which this book has been adapted, and bits and bobs for the Independent and the London Evening Standard, et al. He wrote the Guardian‘s notorious ‘Slack Dad’ column for years and was, for a decade,…

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