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Time’s up for the romantic addict

A recovering alcoholic dissects the fetishisation of “whiskey and ink”

By Lucy Watson   April 2018
Billie Holiday is one of many artists who struggled with addiction Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Billie Holiday is one of many artists who struggled with addiction Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Recovering, a literary history of writers’ addiction, is a typically adroit offering from Leslie Jamison, who has been deservedly compared to Joan Didion. The work and lives of Jean Rhys, John Berryman, William Burroughs, Marguerite Duras and many others are featured in fascinating detail; but the thread drawing them all together is that it is told from the perspective of a former…

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