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Dry

Kayleigh J Moore is a writer with aspirations to become a Creative Writing lecturer in the very near future. Her first book, 'Dolls', is out in March.
Kayleigh's website is here.

Dry Augusten Burroughs made me understand what it was to have a 'favourite' author. I hadn't had one before - lots I liked but none whom I'd single out above all others and pick their books for a desert island over a hair brush. 'Dry' is what got me hooked. Autobiographical, it follows his being forced into rehab by work because of his alcohol problem and finding it to be the opposite of the trendy, spot-the-celebrity spa that he had in mind. Dysfunctional friends, agonisingly tedious but significant therapy follows, and then he has to stay on the wagon all on his own.

This should be an awful book - bleak, barely comprehensible and depressing, much like Burrough's troubled childhood. However, he writes with such sharp wit and a blade of humour through his words that the poignant parts stand out that much more and the rest will have you laughing out loud. This is what good writing is, and this is what you can come back from with a sense of humour.

  • This is Augusten Burroughs website.
  • More excitingly this is his blog.
  • Here's what Wiki has to say about Burroughs.
  • Go here to listen to an interview with Borroughs.
  • This is a link to buy a second hand copy.
  • A new copy? Then here.

And the famous video...

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