Glorious Rock Bottom by Bryony Gordon

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; AA 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.


The book you are holding in your hand might not always be easy to read.



(@headlinepg, 6 August 2020, ebook, 173 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle)




I don’t think I’ve ever read an alcoholic drug addict’s memoir before which makes Glorious Rock Bottom a first for me. I got quickly absorbed in the author’s unflinching, no holds barred account of her addiction, numerous falls from grace and her painful rehab and sobriety. This is not an easy book to read and some of the author’s revelations about her behaviour when drunk or high horrified me (a married wife and mother letting a stranger perform oral sex on her in return for cocaine is just one example). I felt the author’s rage, hopelessness and pain every step of the way as she realises she’s become a monster and a danger to herself and her family and needs to get her shit together. This is an incredible book.

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