SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE
´A. A. Gill, the man who makes a living getting beneath the skin of things, whether it´s television, restaurants or places round the world - has skinned himself´ VANITY FAIR
´An intense, succulent read that´s intermittently dazzling´ THE TIMES
´Chilling, exquisitely moving´ DAILY TELEGRAPH
´A superb memoir - and one of the best books on addiction I have ever read´ EVENING STANDARD
A. A. Gill´s memoir begins in the dark of a dormitory with six strangers. He is an alcoholic, dying in the last-chance saloon. He tells the truth - as far as he can remember it - about drinking and about what it is like to be drunk. He recalls the lost days, lost friends, failed marriages ... But there was also an ´optimum inebriation, a time when it was all golden´.
Sobriety regained, there are painterly descriptions of people and places, unforgettable musings about childhood and family, art and religion; and most movingly, the connections between his cooking, dyslexia and his missing brother.
Full of raw and unvarnished truths, exquisitely written throughout, POUR ME is about lost time and self-discovery. Lacerating, unflinching, uplifting, it is a classic about drunken abandon.
A. A. Gill was born in Edinburgh. He is the author of A. A. Gill is Away, The Angry Island, Previous Convictions, Table Talk, Paper View, A. A. Gill is Further Away and The Golden Door, as well as two novels and the memoir Pour Me. He is the TV and restaurant critic and regular features-writer for the Sunday Times, columnist for Esquire, and contributor to Australian Gourmet Traveller. He lives in London and spends much of his year travelling.
He has been nominated for more awards than he has won (the 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize a case in point).