Cleaning Up: How I Gave Up Drinking and Lived

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“Illuminating about the inner emotional damage that leads to wildly self-destructive behaviour; unputdownable.”—Evening Standard

“Insightful. . . . Cleaning Up is timely.”—Guardian

“Depicts with bravery and a blazingly defiant wit an ongoing struggle.”—Metro

At the end of a twenty-three-year love affair with alcohol, Tania Glyde remembers her inner white wine witch. Cleaning Up examines why women drink, how to...

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Overview

“Illuminating about the inner emotional damage that leads to wildly self-destructive behaviour; unputdownable.”—Evening Standard

“Insightful. . . . Cleaning Up is timely.”—Guardian

“Depicts with bravery and a blazingly defiant wit an ongoing struggle.”—Metro

At the end of a twenty-three-year love affair with alcohol, Tania Glyde remembers her inner white wine witch. Cleaning Up examines why women drink, how to stop, and what life after alcohol is really like. In this witty and searingly honest memoir, Glyde addresses her party years—from the excuses used for drinking to the ones she used when giving up.

Tania Glyde is a novelist and journalist. She lives in London.

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In this gem of a memoir, Glyde, a talented British writer with two novels under her belt, provides gritty details of her life as an alcoholic. After hitting the bottom, she manages to swim back to the top, providing keen insight into the nature of dependency and the alcohol industry's culpability. Anyone who has been around the block with the bottle will heartily embrace this survivor's story.-Lynne Maxwell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852429492
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Tania Glyde is an author and journalist. She has written two novels to date, Clever Girl and Junk DNA. Her short stories appeared in the Disco 2000 and Vox 'n' Roll anthologies. She was Time Out's sex columnist for two years.
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Table of Contents

1 The learning zone 1

2 Brits at the bar 33

3 Eighteen warning signs 41

4 The decade I would like back 49

5 Turning thirty 85

6 Eleven excuses 87

7 Half a decade of play 93

8 Women - when drink is the only solution 117

9 The final countdown 135

10 Day Zero 159

11 Day One 167

12 Getting help 171

13 Birthdays 185

14 Eight people-friendly excuses for not drinking 193

15 Welcome to my world 197

16 Trials 219

17 Twelve benefits of giving up alcohol - a final entreaty 225

18 What society could do if it really felt like it 229

19 What I miss 233

20 101 (OK, seven) things to do with a Saturday morning 235

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