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‘The title might nod to Withnail, as do some of the odd couple’s odder exploits – including the consumption of many a “special cigarette” – but this erudite yet hilarious account will resonate with anyone trudging in the footsteps of a more successful figure’
‘De Abaitua’s prose... is full of wit, playfulness and intelligence. Though he mourns the fact that literature since the 1990s has lost its cultural force, the denouement to his smart, funny memoir ends up being a paean to the novel itself’ The Spectator
‘This book comes very close to being a classic memoir of literary apprenticeship. Hilarious...’ The Oldie
‘A study of working-class ambition, an exegesis of the Self canon, a critique of masculinity, a window onto the last pre-digital moment, and a review of that hollow decade in which even the counter-culture was in hock to the establishment...’ TLS
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