To Throw Away Unopened – with Viv Albertine
Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention – but in her follow up to Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys (Book of the Year – Sunday Times, MOJO, NME, Rough Trade), punk musician Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty.
To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth – the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book. An exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.
Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.
‘Crackling with anger and brimming with insight’ – Eimear McBride
‘I’m smitten with Viv Albertine’s beautiful, tough, ribald, unsparing memoir. It’s so rare to encounter writing this frank and fearless about love, violence, loneliness, mess of all kinds … To Throw Away Unopened is a book for all ages and experiences.’ – Olivia Laing
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About Viv Albertine
Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in cult post-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 Trade, and NME Book of the Year in 2014, as well as being shortlisted for the National Book Awards.
‘[Albertine’s] voice is important in the back story of women in British rock, but she is now as original and interesting an entertainer in words as in music.’ – The Times
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