Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
Punk guitarist Viv Albertine is fast becoming one of the most riveting voices in non-fiction. Following on from 2014’s multi-award-winning Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys., this new memoir is an excavation of family bonds and personal identity. Reality and imagination entwine to tell the true story of a daughter dealing with her mother’s declining health. But Throw Away Unopened is so much more than just the account of Albertine’s life: stark, unsentimental prose laced with humour and vulnerability goes beyond standard storytelling to make us part of the self-discovery.