To Throw Away Unopened – Viv Albertine
Viv Albertine was a key part of English punk culture as guitarist for 70s all-female band, The Slits. She released her first memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys in 2014 and it went on to be the Sunday Times’ Book of the Year. To Throw Away Unopened is her beautifully written follow up. It is full of the lyricism that belies Albertine’s music past with sections reminding me of Patti Smith’s autobiographical writing. Albertine unpacks what it is to be a middle-aged woman, navigating the responsibility of aging parents, the insecurity that can accompany dating as an older woman, and the resilience required to live with the layers of a past that may be longer than your future. It’s a funny, brave and eye-opening read.