I don't read many autobiographies and I'm reminded of a quote from PD James “All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction.”
I enjoy Robert Webb's work on television and an ardent fan of everything Mitchell & Webb. I was interested in reading this book but not chomping at the bit. As I started it a few months ago, and then got distracted with something else and only just returned to it having forgotten what I had read and had to start from the beginning again.
This book is so gorgeous, it's raw and honest, and warm and sweet, and it goes without saying – funny, but it's deeper than that – it's as if we're allowed into his inner neurosis, the small voice we keep hidden from others, helped along through excruciating teenage diary entries.
There is a feeling that the young Robert Webb that is portrayed is genuine. It is also such a brilliant account of how confusing it must be to be a modern man with expectations of such dense masculinity.
I am in awe of his writing and wonder if there is a budding novelist in Webb about to be unleashed – something I would heartily welcome.
And it's changed my mind about reading autobiographies.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
WOAH! So this is an incredible read BUT it won't be for everyone. The story of Cat's life is raw, it is unabashedly honest to the point of uncomfortable at times, but it is an insight to the life and survival of a some-what functioning addict. It by no means proposes excuses for abusing drugs and the almost unapologetic tone could come across as patronising, yet I can't remember any book I have read that offers such an honest and transparent recollection of addiction.
I would also recommend to those who have a loved one who struggles with drug use/abuse.
What a ride.