What Did I Do Last Night?: A Drunkard's Tale [NOOK Book]

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When Tom Sykes landed his dream job as the New York Post's bar columnist and nightlife reporter, he turned his long-standing drinking problem into a vocation. His memoir is a funny, thrilling, and ruthlessly honest exhumation of his drinking life and a candid account of his first 90 days without alcohol.

Tom traces his alcoholism back to his British boyhood at Eton College, England's oldest and most exclusive boarding school, where the boys had to wear tail suits to class and ...

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Overview

When Tom Sykes landed his dream job as the New York Post's bar columnist and nightlife reporter, he turned his long-standing drinking problem into a vocation. His memoir is a funny, thrilling, and ruthlessly honest exhumation of his drinking life and a candid account of his first 90 days without alcohol.

Tom traces his alcoholism back to his British boyhood at Eton College, England's oldest and most exclusive boarding school, where the boys had to wear tail suits to class and there was a school pub. He delves into his aristocratic family's well-documented fondness for the bottle and covers his own drinking apprenticeship as a trainee journalist on London's famously alcohol-sodden newspapers.

Whether he is getting arrested for drunk driving at the age of 15, climbing naked into his friends' and colleagues' beds, or simply trying to file an emergency front-page update while reeling from a cocktail of Ecstasy and magic mushrooms, Tom takes the reader on an addictive journey into the insanity of intoxication—all too often followed by a mossy tongue, a dull headache, and one burning question: "What the hell did I do last night?"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
English journalist Sykes shares a raw, dizzying testimony of his steep, precipitous dive into alcoholism over the course of his young adulthood. With the wounding desertion of his father from their family of six children when Sykes was 14, the boy soon found comfort with his drinking buddies at boarding school in Eton, where they could drink copiously at age 16. Young Tom became a heavy pot smoker and user of Ecstasy and cocaine, eventually fumbling his way into journalism at the Evening Standard, where he fit in winningly among older journalists and prodigious drinkers. His drunken stunts soon grew old at the Standard and at his next gig, GQ, and Sykes gravitated toward New York, where his more enterprising sisters, twins Plum and Lucy, and Alice, enjoyed high-end magazine jobs. Writing features at the New York Post, which segued into a regular bar column, the lucky golden boy landed a lifestyle of the most obsequious entitlement, wooed by every establishment in town with checks waived and outrageous behavior overlooked for a mere mention on Page Six. Throughout, Sykes's voice is candid and the details gritty. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"A thrilling ride through the drug- and alcohol-soaked nightlife of London and New York." -Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends an Alienate People

"This memoir, subtitled, "A Drunkard's Tale," is actually more than that - the author Tom Sykes abused himself with huge quantities of cannabis and cocaine, as well as ecstasy, magic mushrooms and LSD. It's the story of a young man seeking, and finding, oblivion. It reads fast, like a headlong tumble; I kept thinking of someone falling down an enless flight of stairs...I really liked this book. I liked the drinking scenes, and I liked the snowballing sense of shame and horror. But I think the best thing of all is the way it shows how addiction can be the result of hiding from emotions; Sykes grew up feeling unable to admit he was unhappy - to his father, and then, I suspect, to himself. Oblivion beckoned. He tells it well." -William Leith, author of The Hungry Years, in the London Evening Standard

"Tom Sykes was your typical teenage rebel. Despite a priveleged background and private education, his parent's divorce during his adolescence had him seek solace in rebellion - first at Eton, then at Edinburgh University, where his drinking soon spiralled out of control. After that he embarked on a career in journalism, where he was sacked from a series of jobs until he moved to New York to become nightclub and gossip columnist for the New York Post - not ideal for someone whose daily diet of neat alcohol seems destined to lead to self-destruction. This is no holier-than-thou memoir, however, as Tom admits to having had a lot of fun along the way. It's a compulsive, slutary and entertaining true story of social intoxication." -British Glamour

"A darkly comic tale of addiction." -The Mail on Sunday

"There is no doubt that What Did I Do Last Night? is car-crash literature. It is a headlong story of self-destruction and the inevitability of Tom's drinking career is writ large from the opening page. But his honesty in the telling of it, not to mention the treament of the brutal truths of addiction and recovery, make this required reading for anyone who has ever flirted around the edges of that great black hole." -The Daily Express

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609616908
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 904,033
  • File size: 726 KB

Meet the Author

TOM SYKES is a frequent contributor to Men's Health, Best Life, and British GQ. He is married with one son.
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    Fury

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