Rosie Boycott wasn't a typical 1960's Cheltenham Ladies College girl. By the age of 21 she had co-founded the feminist magazine Spare Riband the feminist publishing house Virago, whilst experimenting with drugs, sex and booze. But she wanted more: more experience, more travel, more passion.
An epic motorcycle trip through Asia with her boyfriend John Steinbeck Jr. ended in a Thai jail. But drugs weren't her real problem. Alcohol was. Drinking seemed to defeat the demons in her psyche - until it became clear that drinking was her biggest demon of all. How had a nice country girl turned into a drunk?
Now a well-known journalist, ex-newspaper editor and chairman of the London Food Board, Rosie made it from the top to the bottom and back again. In this account of her life, she never shirks from the truth about herself - and in her honesty she gives hope to other women with addictions, addressing the hellish predicament of the alcoholic woman with passion and candour.
Rosie Boycott was one of the founders of Spare Rib magazine and Virago Press. She was the editor of Esquire magazine, as well as of the Independent on Sunday, the Independent and the Daily Express. She is a frequent contributor to the Late Review, Woman's Hour and the Politics Show, and has presented her own show on BBC2, Life Etc. She is also author of Spotted Pigs and Green Tomatoes, a year in the life of her smallholding in Somerset.
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