Bryony Gordon is a respected journalist, a number-one bestselling author and an award-winning mental health campaigner. She is also an alcoholic.
In Glorious Rock Bottom Bryony opens up about a toxic twenty-year relationship with alcohol and drugs and explains exactly why hitting rock bottom – for her, a traumatic event and the abrupt realisation that she was putting herself in danger, time and again – saved her life. Known for her trademark honesty, Bryony re-lives the darkest and most terrifying moments of her addiction, never shying away from the fact that alcoholism robs you of your ability to focus on your family, your work, your health, your children, yourself. And then, a chink of light as the hard work begins – rehab; twelve-step meetings; endless, tedious, painful self-reflection – a rollercoaster ride through self-acceptance, friendship, love and hope, to a joy and pride in staying sober that her younger self could never have imagined.
Shining a light on the deep connection between addiction and mental health issues, Glorious Rock Bottom is in turn, shocking, brutal, dark, funny, hopeful and uplifting. It is a sobriety memoir like no other.
I absolutely adore this woman; have loved all her other books and even had the pleasure of meeting her at one of her walks. She is a inspiration. I knew this was being published ,it was on my radar but for some reason i wasnt purchasing. Well it would appear i had been in some denial myself.
So this week is a new chapter for me and this was the first book i ordered . Not as a guide but almost like a hug in a book from someone who gets it. There were parts in there i could have written. There were feelings and events that were very similar to my own.
This is a beautiful yet ugly emotive memoir about Bryonys truth about alcohol. Its not a self help book it doesnt claim to know all the answers . But my goodness how refreshing is it when you are in a daek place to connect with someone who was there.
Books have and alaays will be my lifeline whatever my mood or current situation.
Fantastically written and a complete inspiration.
Thank you for sharing your truth and making others truth that little less shameful.