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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:404
  1. Michael Farrell, senior lecturer
  1. National Addiction Centre, London

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    Tony Adams, Ian Ridley

    Collins Willow, £16.99, pp 288

    ISBN 0 00218794 9


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    Raymond Carver was one of the most elegant and lyrical writers about alcoholism and its corrosion of the human spirit. His solid evocation of ordinary life in recovery is inspirational. His gritty body of work, produced in the years before he died prematurely of cancer, is a gift to the world grabbed from the throes of self destruction. The same cannot be said of much of the torrent of self confessional autobiographies that have sprung from the recovery movement and …

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