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SPIN THE BOTTLE (The Autobiography of an Alcoholic)

Book cover ofSpin the Bottle
  • Author: John GARDNER
  • Publisher: Muller
  • Published: 1964
  • Description: Hardback, Very Good
  • Dust Jacket Condition: Good
  • Edition: First
  • Ref: 13613
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A first UK edition hardback in generally very good condition for its age.  Minor bump to head and tail of book spine.  There is a half-inch square stain on the top edge of some pages (the page top edges are red but these have now faded).  Some light tanning to pages.  The dust jacket is complete, still shows the price and is in good condition but is showing signs of wear to the extremities and along the spine edges.  There is some fading to the jacket spine and the whole jacket is generally rather grubby.

SYNOPSIS:  “In the autumn of 1958 a young Anglican clergyman resigned from his priesthood, and so ceased to be an ordained Minister of the Church of England.  A rare step.

More extraordinary was the fact that the priest, John Gardner, wrote his letter of resignation from a mental hospital.  The reason he gave for discarding cassock and clerical collar was that he was a chronic alcoholic who had, subconsciously, sought ordination in an attempt to escape him the addition to drink which had hounded him since his teens.

Once free from the priesthood, Gardner started on a new life as a journalist and critic, but another year passed before he reached the ultimate climax of the disease and met the doctor who really brought him face-to-face with the truth about the bottle.”