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  • Paperback
  • 269 pages
  • Jolly Lad
  • John Doran
  • English
  • 12 September 2017

10 thoughts on “Jolly Lad

  1. says:

    Uncomfortably humorous Strangely uplifting Beautifully written It s hard to put down, much like drug addiction.


  2. says:

    A masterpiece in the sphere of brutally honest examinations of an addiction to drink and drugs The idea of addiction as identity, or as a cover for identity, is exhaustingly and movingly explored, and SPOILER there s no redemption in the final pages Giving up booze is music journalist Doran s biggest struggle, but then it s followed by facing up to his addictions to illegal narcotics, medication and as a booze substitute sugar and caffeine, with all the physical and mental illness thrown in as side effects of weaning yourself off things that the body s become used to.Like all the best books, it s about death Either looking forward to it, facing up to it, resigning yourself to it, narrowly avoiding it, being freaked out by the confrontation with it like the time a boy is run over by a bus, t...


  3. says:

    Bloody brilliant book This is an autobiography detailing a life of alcoholism, drug abuse, and poor mental health, but one that s about as far from a misery memoir as you can imagine Doran writes wonderfully, with overblown, hilarious, baroque metaphors, and anecdotes that make you laugh while cringing It is chock full of quotable lines, and worth reading if only to get the low down on Mick Hucknall s boots, pants and olive oil And it s...


  4. says:

    I ve been meaning to read this for ages but I had to wait for the extended reprint as it s been out of print for a while A fascinating memoir and a pretty unflinching exploration of alcoholism, addictive behavi...


  5. says:

    This book brought back a bunch of memories of living in the UK as a kid, which is always a good thing I loved the slang Doran sprinkled throughout and will be adding grumble , herbert and helmet to my current repertoire.On the darker side, the book was compelling the way reality TV is not Some of the events the author describes are outlandish and cringeworthy, making me think they re hyperbole, especially since I ve met the author and he seemed like one of the most rational, erudite and well spoken people I ve ever met But when the tales of his bacchanalian excesses are immediately followed by his recounts of deep depression, fits and terrifying hallucinations, you know that one experience was as vividly real as the other I find it remarkable that you can meet someone and think you know them reasonably well, and miss an entire histor...


  6. says:

    Excellent portrayal of the straddle between loving and loathing Northern roots, a chronic addiction and anxiety whilst being drole, erudite and never maudlin I loved it Not a jolly read, but definitely made of strong Northern wit John Doran is a na...


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About the Author: John Doran

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