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

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

20th May, 2018
‘At my age, if I can’t talk about my evil thoughts, when can I do it?’
Viv Albertine: ‘I can’t be bothered to be good at sex’ Pic: Getty

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...

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