Original Sins

A Memoir

by Matt Rowland Hill

On Sale: 07/05/2022

Original Sins

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Original Sins

A Memoir

by Matt Rowland Hill

On Sale: 07/05/2022


About the Book

There have been two great loves in Matt Rowland Hill’s life so far: Jesus and heroin. Hill grew up the son of a minister in a strict Baptist church. After a crisis of loss of faith, he obsessively turned to literature before becoming addicted to crack and heroin in his early twenties. Hill’s addiction stretched over a decade, culminating in a suicide attempt and weeks in a secure psychiatric unit. After undergoing rehabilitation, which forced him to confront the religion he had spent his whole life running from, he finally got clean.

Original Sins is an extraordinary memoir of faith, family, loss, shame and addiction, but ultimately it is about survival, growing up and learning to live. Recklessly honest, it’s as hilarious as it is grave, courageous and compulsive. It has echoes of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Tara Westover’s Educated, but it is firmly its own very special thing, too.

Critical Praise

"Exquisite and unflinching . . . stunning prose. . . . In a sea of addiction memoirs, this stands out." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A courageous and often shocking book about the plague of addiction. Yet Original Sins is written with a wild, brilliant humour that offsets the horror. I found Matt Rowland Hill's story inspirational. A survivor's story that's gripping, hilarious and unforgettable." — Gabriel Byrne, author of Walking with Ghosts

“Matt Rowland Hill guides us to the edge of devastation, and doesn’t flinch from the ache of addiction, family anguish and inward despair. But this is a book that’s optimistic to the core, as honest about grief as it is about joy. I won’t forget it." — Jessica J. Lee, author of Two Trees Make a Forest and Turning

"A stunningly well-written, funny, heartrending and utterly gripping memoir about learning how to live with who we are. Read it. Read it now." — Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall

"What a frightening and funny book, full of shocking, memorable scenes. I’m glad Matt Rowland Hill lived to tell the tale. An exceptional portrait of overlapping addictions, and the ultimate failure of their different, desperate attempts to fill the same personal void." — Adam Foulds, author of In the Wolf's Mouth

"Matt Rowland Hill has gone to depths of himself and emerged with something unique, graceful, piercingly smart, and devilishly funny. Many books have been written about addiction. Original Sins is unlike all of them, and stands among the very best." — Rob Doyle, author of Autobibliography and Threshold

"A wildly original and gripping debut, told with humour and compassion, about what it means to survive." — Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness

"Original Sins is a shattering portrait of addiction—it's generously open, desperately honest and confronting. While it is heartbreaking, there is humour and compassion. It's a journey through darkness, against fear, to finding the light in oneself." — Catherine Cho, author of Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness

"I tore through this brilliant, fearless book. From the first page to the last, it's funny, insightful and beautifully written." — Joe Dunthorne, author of The Adulterants and Submarine

"Hill's surviving his journey through religious fundamentalism into hardcore drug addiction is an accomplishment. His writing this memoir--unflinching, heart-rending, funny, insightful as hell--is a triumph. This is a phenomenal book." — Antoine Wilson, author of Mouth to Mouth and The Interloper


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443461726
  • ISBN 10: 1443461725
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 07/05/2022
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC3 : SELF-HELP / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Drugs

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