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Never Enough: A Way Through Addiction

Barney Hoskyns

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Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction, Self-help & personal development

Never Enough is Barney Hoskyns's raw, uncompromising and utterly compelling account of the highs and lows of life under the needle.

'This book could save your life' John Crace

'An unblinking account of living with - and more importantly, beyond - addiction. Brave, clear-eyed and inspiring' John Niven

'A rich, uplifting memoir: Hoskyns portrays how painful inadequacy, masked by drugs, can be replaced by the messiness of ordinary life' Oliver James

A few months after graduating with a 1st class honours degree from Oxford University, Barney Hoskyns sat in a damp Clapham basement and asked his best friend to inject him with heroin. From that moment on, for the next three years, Hoskyns is hopelessly hooked. This is the searingly honest story of what brought him to this place - and how he got himself out of it.

Barney Hoskyns is one of the leading music writers of our time: his books have ranged the musical landscape from Led Zeppelin to Tom Waits, from Laurel Canyon to Woodstock. His articles have appeared in NME, Melody Maker, Rolling Stone and Vogue, and in 2000 he founded Rock's Backpages.

Hoskyns beautifully describes the relationship between music and addiction, between love and infatuation. Never Enough is Hoskyns's raw, uncompromising and utterly compelling account of the highs and lows of life under the needle. Interspersed with photos and diary entries, Hosykns examines why he so willingly gave himself up to the death-grip of heroin, and what it took to finally free himself from it.

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Praise for Never Enough: A Way Through Addiction

  • Elegantly written, almost poetic at times, his (Hoskyns) book analyses the cause and effect of addiction and its vice-like grip on the body and mind - The Mail on Sunday

  • The music critic's journey is filled with the beautiful as much as the damned ... replete with insight into the price of cool and the infatuations that can tear us all apart - New Statesman

  • A powerful ... recollection of these lost years: vivid, impressionistic ... an ambitious, intelligent book

  • A completely compelling memoir of addiction and redemption. Hoskyns has taken a highly personal subject and created a bold and rewarding account in which we may all find purpose and value

  • A brilliantly-written memoir about the long route to freedom - a treatise on living and dying in an addictive and compulsive culture

  • Never Enough, the fierce, unflinching memoir of addiction and recovery by Barney Hoskyns, is really something

  • Hoskyns's artful, intense Never Enough describes his all-consuming heroin addiction at NME, as well as his subsequent 30-year flight from it

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