Journey of dark places isn’t always a compelling one

Journey of dark places isn’t always a compelling one
An art school drawing by William McLellan

Memoir: How I Got Into Art School. (And Out of Prison). By William McLellan. Old Street Publishing. €13.30. Reviewed by Kevin Power

All autobiographies are success stories. Even the bleakest misery memoir (Ma, He Sold Me For Two Smokes and a Sandwich) charts a heroic rise from the black depths of indigence and sorrow to the sunny heights of stability and joy.

William McLellan’s new book is no exception. The epilogue informs us that McLellan is now a successful illustrator and filmmaker who has directed music videos for George Harrison, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed,...

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