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Publisher's Summary

Bryony Gordon is a respected journalist, a number one best-selling author and an award-winning mental health campaigner. She is also an alcoholic. 

In Glorious Rock Bottom Bryony opens up about a toxic 20-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 relives 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 roller-coaster 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.

©2020 Bryony Gordon (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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loved it

I really loved this book, sadly very relatable for any addict but nice to know we are not alone

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Beautiful and a must read.

I laughed and cried!! I'm walking the same path and feel less alone. Thankyou Bryony.

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Incredible really.

As a woman in her 30’s whose suffered from OCD since childhood, and alcoholism since barely the beginning of adulthood, this book touched my soul. I made the mistake of finishing it on the bus and resultantIy shed more than a few tears in front of complete strangers, but I still say this is the best sobriety memoir I’ve read. Thank you so much for writing this ❤️.

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Truly heartfelt story told with authenticity.

Loved it. Bryony's feelings shone through with every word! I didn't want it to end.

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Fantastic!

So real, relatable and engaging. Well done Bryony! Definitely recommend this as a true insight into addiction.

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  • 05-10-2021

Great book

Thank you for your vulnerability Bryony, Your book really resonated with me and I felt I bit to know the real you.

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  • Tracey Clare Dunlop
  • 11-08-2020

The answer (again) is perfect partner & money

Like Matt Haig’s book, it seems the answer to many mental problems can be found in the perfect supportive partner and the lifestyle and money to be able to have private treatment. That shouldn’t take away from Briony’s journey which is both amazing and brilliantly written, and it’s not to say the issues suffered aren’t common outside of the privileged classes, but in terms of help to others who don’t have the same.. not sure. But still a good listen and brilliantly written

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  • David
  • 28-08-2020

Ok if you are one of the priveleged few!

Most alcaholics do not have the priveledges of this author. Well done to her for getting sober but others do not have luxurious lifestyles and support to fall back on. She breaks annonimity to talk about AA but does not focus on Big Book or traditions or 12 Steps. I liked her honesty and courage but think it is dangerous to advocate "Going it alone" when suffering a deep depression. Also, think she should have got an Actor to read the book as her untrained voice performance is hard to listen to.

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  • Eshe
  • 03-10-2020

A wake up call

I really enjoyed listening to Bryony's story and I admire her honesty throughout. Her narration was really animated and at times you could hear her becoming choked up with emotion, which added to the performance. For me the book really highlighted how difficult recovery from addiction is. The fact that she had her daughter and husband to do it for (and a supportive family), just shows how difficult it is for those that don't. It also seems that a person must be ready to face their reality before recovery will work.

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  • Sharon W.
  • 17-09-2020

Fantastic listen

Great to hear Bryony telling her story. Beautifully written and read by her. I laughed, I cried and I identified. Highly recommend to anyone in or out of recovery from alcohol/addiction or who thinks they might have a problem. Thank you Bryony.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-2020

Omg ! I managed to complete this in two days with two toddlers

Did I write this book ? I feel you have done my recovery. I can not find the words they really are too many. Inspiration 😘

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  • JOCR
  • 28-08-2020

Brilliant book

Wow!
What an eye opener for me.
I’m so pleased I listened to this book.

It’s going to help me.

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  • coopey
  • 13-08-2020

Loved it

Flew through this in days. It’s really brave and heart breaking in places. What an illness to have. I have a three year old and it resonated in what she was missing out on when she was ill. I’m so glad she’s stayed sober to enjoy life with her family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2020

Thank you.

I have never spat my tea out laughing at an audible book before, neither have I burst spontaneously into tears. Bryony you have managed both in this utterly stunning, heartfelt, honest, joyous book. Thankyou.
My heart will glow and will your sobriety forever more, every time I see a conker. "A FUCKING CONKER" 🤣🤣🤣

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  • Sam Rud
  • 06-10-2020

Brilliant and gruelling

Bloody hell Bryony!! Had me in tears in my pasta at the end of that! Amazing amazing book, I’ve listened for 2 days straight unable to stop listening.

The rawness is eye opening, guilt tripping when you realise similarities. Fantastically narrated and no one else could’ve had the depth you had whilst reading it.

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  • 06-10-2020

Loved it, loved it, loved it!

I was hooked on Bryony's story from the first sentence. She is very engaging and easy to listen to, and tells us of her experiences with sincerity and humour. A must read/listen for anyone considering or already on the sober road.

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