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Jack Sutherland, the narrator and protagonist of this memoir has, you might say, led a charmed life in the face of seeming damnation. A confirmed alcoholic in his early teens, by his twenties he was PA and bodyguard to the Hollywood stars most notably Michael Stipe, Ru Paul and Mickey Rourke. His work took him to exotic destinations around the world and bizarre encounters and requests. It also led him back to a smorgasbord of lethal addictions: alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy and perhaps most damaging of all crystal meth and the crazed chem sex that characterises its use. On the shores of death’s coastline, a nine stone skeleton in a frame that once boasted the shape and tone of a bodybuilder, Jack is saved. By his father, one of the literary world’s most esteemed personalities: John Sutherland.
A son’s memoir told through the prism and prose of a father will surely take its place among the classics of contemporary addiction and recovery stories like A Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Stars, Cars & Crystal Meth lifts the lid on the shadow world of the Hollywood PA with grim but ultimately inspiring honesty.
‘An extraordinarily frank memoir . . . sensational and eye-wateringly candid.’
‘One of the funniest and least self-righteous works on addiction that I have read in a long while.’
‘A buoyant and almost gonzo tone infiltrates many of the hair-whitening anecdotes.’
‘A remarkable catalogue of vice and self-destruction, full of unexpected anecdotes – some funny, some exhilarating and some downright unpleasant.’
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