Bits of Me are Falling Apart : Dark Thoughts from the Middle Years
One morning, William Leith wakes up and realises that something is wrong. He is alone and at the end of his tether. Bits of him are falling apart. With his trademark darkly humorous mix of personal story and social commentary, Leith attempts to answer the question: is everything really as bad as it seems?'You'll read this book in a weekend Leith is, after all, a very good writer: succinct except when he's repeating himself for effect; amusing except when he's predicting the end of the world; perceptive except when he's pretending he can't remember who actually sang Pink Floyd's Time, or which Dutch explorer discovered Easter Island Leith's brain is sharper than most, and he deftly weaves solipsistic woe into more pressing concerns about the housing market and the failure of Western capitalism. This is a potentially important book for our times' Andrew Collins, Mail on Sunday
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- Paperback | 208 pages
- 129 x 198 x 13mm | 138g
- 01 Jun 2009
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
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'Hilarious and touching and beautifully written ... Philip Larkin meets Jeremy Clarkson, but in a good way. This is a middle-aged The Catcher in the Rye' Jon Ronson 'Resembles an expertly-paced stand-up routine ... positively Izzard-esque' Time Out 'Very funny. He writes in a sort of whimsical stream of consciousness ... even his more random disquisitions contain glorious nuggets' Observer 'Moves at the kind of pace any thriller writer would give his eye teeth to maintain' Daily Telegraph
About William Leith
William Leith is a journalist who has written about subjects as diverse as cosmetic surgery, Palestine, Hollywood directors, and drugs. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the Observer, and the Daily Telegraph. His first book, The Hungry Years, was published by Bloomsbury in 2005.