‘At my age, if I can’t talk about my evil thoughts, when can I do it?’

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Viv Albertine: ‘I can’t be bothered to be good at sex’ Pic: Getty

When Viv Albertine, ex-guitarist with feminist punk band the Slits, re-emerged as a memoirist four years ago, her first book Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys was a raucous, laceratingly honest accounting of adulthood, motherhood, marriage and the female artistic self. Her new book, To Throw Away Unopened, is a far darker proposition, just as honest, but going places most of us would rather not go, writes Nadine O’Regan

Viv Albertine thrives on honesty. It’s her currency; it’s how she gets about the place. It’s kicked her in the teeth sometimes, this candour. But it’s also given her an increasingly successful literary career - the English writer has published two memoirs in the last decade, the first of which won the Rough Trade book of the year in 2014, and the second of which has newly arrived in bookshops to deservedly glowing reviews. Formerly the guitarist with 1970s agit-pop group The Slits, Albertine is the angrier, less publicised Caitlin Moran; the feminist who hasn’t yet been feted to the skies, but who nonetheless delivers prickly, insightful work that deserves to be read and reread.

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