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To Throw Away Unopened

Viv Albertine

Brave, intimate, and deeply confessional, this is the long-awaited follow-up to Viv Albertine’s sensational bestselling memoir.

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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.

Viv Albertine has always been obsessed with the truth: the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. But at what cost? In this brutally honest memoir she relentlessly exposes human dysfunctionality: the impossibility of intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents. Written with Albertine’s unique vulnerability and intelligence, To Throw Away Unopened is a startling self-portrait and a testament to rebuilding oneself and facing the world again.

Critic Reviews

Albertine’s dark humour and sharp prose lift her into another league . . . This book transcends rock ‘n’ roll.

The Times
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Even more compelling and breathtakingly candid that its predecessor.

Stuart Maconie
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Genuinely startling . . . fierce, direct, unashamed . . . She masks nothing. The result is a book that does for the family memoir what its predecessor did for the rock autobiography: scythes through the myths, the distortions, the adornments and finds the rich distinctive stories beneath.

Sunday Times
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The best memoir I’ve ever read.

Dolly Alderton
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Brave, heroic and unarguably one of the most significant voices in British non-fiction.

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[A] beautiful, tough, ribald, unsparing memoir. It’s so rare to encounter writing this frank and fearless about love, violence, loneliness, mess of all kinds . . . A book for all ages and experiences.

Olivia Laing

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in cult female punk band The Slits. She was a key player in British counter-culture before her career in TV and film directing. Her first solo album The Vermilion Border was released in 2012, and her memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys was a Sunday Times, Mojo, Rough…

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