Love Hurts : The True Story of a Life Destroyed Paperback
by Jeff Randall
'A few seconds ago, I wanted to die. Now I know the reality is I just don't want to live.
I never have from the moment I started falling, twenty-one and a half years ago.
I'm alive. Shit.' Jeff Randall originally wrote his memoir by hand, the ink spattering on the page whenever he was writing about something painful and looping beautifully whenever he was recalling happier moments.
He wrote it in a matter of weeks and delivered it to his estranged wife in an attempt to explain the demons that had haunted him for so long and that had been responsible for destroying their relationship.
Love Hurts is the powerful true story of a boy whose tormented childhood was characterised by violence and isolation.
He was raised in a fragmented, chaotic family, in a world where debt and poverty were the norm.
From a young age, he yearned to escape but was sucked into an ever-decreasing spiral of bad choices and self-loathing.
This brutally honest book charts the life of a boy who just wanted to be loved. And by confronting the nightmare of his childhood and coming to terms with his past, he has learned to love himself.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
- Publication Date: 12/06/2008
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781845962982
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Review by MaryTurnerThomson
Jeff Randal has written an incredibly open and honest account of his life, taking both responsibility for his actions and demonstrating a clear understanding for why he acted and reacted in the way that he has. His book is sometimes hard to read because of the honest and brutally open accounts of what happened to him, but it is this very depth that he goes to which demonstrates the level of the soul searching he has done. It seems that Jeff has not always been a 'nice guy' but he explains what leads a man like him to become something he did not respect. I applaud Jeff for his candour about a subject most men do not even approach, and feel that I understand the male psyche all the better for having read his book. I thoroughly recommend this as a totally un-put-downable book.