Tom had always drunk. Initially it was to escape the drudge of school and the distress of his rapidly disintegrating family, but as his career in journalism took off, so his alcohol consumption turned into a full-blown obsession. Having first run amok in London, it was landing the seemingly plum job of nightlife columnist at the "New York Post" ...
Tom had always drunk. Initially it was to escape the drudge of school and the distress of his rapidly disintegrating family, but as his career in journalism took off, so his alcohol consumption turned into a full-blown obsession. Having first run amok in London, it was landing the seemingly plum job of nightlife columnist at the "New York Post" that saw his life spiral completely out of control. Tom treated Manhattan as his Martini, until one day - hungover and alone - he realised he was totally out of his depth and, what's more, he didn't even care. "What Did I Do Last Night?" is the sad, funny and brutally honest tale of his descent into uncontrollable excess.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-18 English journalist Sykes shares a raw, dizzying testimony of his steep, precipitous dive into alcoholism over the course of his young adulthood. With the wounding desertion of his father from their family of six children when Sykes was 14, the boy soon found comfort with his drinking buddies at boarding school in Eton, where they could drink copiously at age 16. Young Tom became a heavy pot smoker and user of Ecstasy and cocaine, eventually fumbling his way into journalism at the Evening Standard, where he fit in winningly among older journalists and prodigious drinkers. His drunken stunts soon grew old at the Standard and at his next gig, GQ, and Sykes gravitated toward New York, where his more enterprising sisters, twins Plum and Lucy, and Alice, enjoyed high-end magazine jobs. Writing features at the New York Post, which segued into a regular bar column, the lucky golden boy landed a lifestyle of the most obsequious entitlement, wooed by every establishment in town with checks waived and outrageous behavior overlooked for a mere mention on Page Six. Throughout, Sykes's voice is candid and the details gritty. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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