A Head Full of Blue

A Head Full of Blue

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'When I was fourteen, I got drunk for the first time. Champagne drunk. My mouth was stretched in a smile so wide, that my jaw hurt. The sky had the colours of a bruise.' When Nick Johnstone got drunk for the first time at the age of fourteen he discovered a cure for the depression and anxiety that had been humming in his head since childhood. Over the next ten years he drank to overcome shyness, to make the world bearable, to get through the days and to get through the nights. He also began to cut himself and he began to lie. Intelligent, sensitive, from a loving family, neither he nor his countless doctors, psychiatrists, counsellors and therapists could understand where his disorders came from. Then, when he was twenty-four he was admitted into hospital. Stripped of his 'cure', Nick Johnstone painfully began the process of recovery. Although love proves to be the strongest 'cure' of all, this is a story with no tidy or happy endings. Honest and gripping, by turns stark and lyrical, "A Head Full of Blue" powerfully evokes the often unfathomable psychology and behaviour that drives addiction, examining self-harm as a coping mechanism rather than a taboo.
It is an unusual, moving and thought-provoking memoir.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 214 x 20mm | 281.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747557365
  • 9780747557364
  • 1,871,867

About Nick Johnstone

Nick Johnstone is a journalist who has written for Melody Maker, the Sunday Herald, Dazed and Confused, Magnet, The Wire, Mojo and is currently a contributing writer for Uncut. He is the author of numerous non-fiction titles the most recent of which is Melody Maker History of 20-century Popular Music. He is currently writing his first novel.
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