buy it from amazon This is the best account I’ve ever read of an alcoholic going through rehab and struggling with his subsequent recovery. It’s honest, compelling and darkly humorous.

It’s not for the faint hearted though – he graphically details his most debauched binges, his most horrific withdrawals and embarrassing bed-wetting episodes. But he balances this with some wonderfully insightful thoughts about the recovery process, about Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and of course, about his time in a detox and rehab centre.

Augusten Burroughs is a very clever writer, and he engages you from the first page, by the end you feel like you know him inside out. If you’re struggling with alcohol, or you’re thinking about going through rehab, you seriously should read this first.

If you fancy a copy for yourself, here’s the page on where you can get it.