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Hitting rock bottom in LA

Who suffered most compiling this painful, frank record of sex- and drug-addiction: Jack Sutherland, or his ghostwriter father John?

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

Stars, Cars and Crystal Meth Jack Sutherland (as told to John Sutherland)

Faber, pp.368, £12.99, ISBN: 9780571323531

The title of this book tells you a lot. Jack Sutherland, who grew up in London and Los Angeles, worked as a personal assistant to Michael Stipe, the singer in REM and, later, to Mickey Rourke. He also worked as a limo driver in Hollywood. A drug addict, he gravitated toward crystal meth, which can make you both wired and horny, sometimes for days on end.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £10.99. Tel: 08430 600033. William Leith is the author of The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict and Bits of Me Are Falling Apart.

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