To Throw Away Unopened: Viv Albertine will offer a fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth, exploring human dysfunctionality and how we can rebuild ourselves.

This blog provides background material for this event including links to book reviews.

Reviews of To Throw Away Unopened

  • New York Times Viv Albertine, Midlife Radical – Ada Calhoun 1 June 2018

With “To Throw Away Unopened,” her incandescent midlife memoir, a menopausal battle cry equal parts Nora Ephron and SCUM Manifesto, the British punk icon Viv Albertine is entrenched enough in mainstream society to advocate blowing it up from the inside.

  • The Irish Times To Throw Away Unopened review: Viv Albertine’s eye-watering honesty – Sinéad Gleeson, 14 April 2018

Albertine grapples with the inherent contradictions of love and loyalty. Her eye-watering honesty, about everything from sex and shitting to the people who make and unmake us, is the engine of this book. It’s a declaration of both love and war.

  • Evening Standard: To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine – review: what Viv did once the days of fame were over – Nick Curtis 22 March 2018

    By the end, the author is lonely (people flinch when she tells them that) but resolute, having lived, in Gloria Steinem’s phrase, her mother’s unlived life.

    Olivia Laing

    I’m smitten with Viv Albertine’s beautiful, tough, ribald, unsparing memoir. It’s so rare to encounter writing this frank and fearless about love, violence, loneliness, mess of all kinds…A book for all ages and experiences.

    Eimear McBride

    Crackling with anger and brimming with insight into the dirty business of art, family and being a woman in a hostile world.

    Lauren Elkin

    I don’t know any other writer who’s even half this honest – it’s this unsparing frankness that gives the book its lush power. Reading it I felt I was really out there on the ledge with her, feeling emboldened, and like both of us were a little less alone.

    Reviews of Clothes, Music, Boys

    The Observer: Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine review – brave and beautiful – Anita Sethi 15 February 2015

    Regret is channelled into reinvention and resilience, reweaving music and creativity back into the fabric of her life, relearning guitar and releasing a solo album, insightfully discussing the challenge of balancing motherhood and music. This brave and beautiful book is successful, indeed triumphant, in exploring failure and the courage it takes to begin again.

    The Observer: Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys review – Viv Albertine on the thrill of being a Slit – Sean O’Hagan 1 June 2014

    … Albertine’s writing really comes alive when she describes the visceral thrill of being a Slit. Their very presence antagonised male roadies, promoters and hoteliers wherever they went, while their girl-gang feminism once reduced Mike Oldfield’s sister, Sally, to tears such was the force of their contempt for her winsome songs.

    Interview with Viv Albertine

    The ObserverViv Albertine: ‘I just want to blow a hole in it all’ – Sean O’Hagan 1 April 2018

    I know that I want to stay an outsider now. I hate the very thought that I would ever not be an outsider.