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Bill Clegg - Author

About the Author

Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York and the author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. He has written for the New York Times, Esquire, New York magazine, the Guardian, and Harper's Bazaar.

Featured books by Bill Clegg

Did You Ever Have a Family

Did You Ever Have a Family

Author: Bill Clegg Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2015

This book of dark secrets opens with a blaze. On the morning of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family - her present, her past and her future. Fleeing from the carnage, stricken and alone, June finds herself in a motel room by the ocean, hundreds of miles from her Connecticut home, held captive by memories and the mistakes she has made with her only child, Lolly, and her partner, Luke. In the turbulence of grief and gossip left in June's wake we slowly make sense of the unimaginable. The novel is a gathering of voices, and each testimony has a new revelation about what led to the catastrophe - Luke's alienated mother Lydia, the watchful motel owners, their cleaner Cissy, the teenage pothead who lives nearby - everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves caught in the undertow, as their secret histories finally come to light.

Other books by Bill Clegg

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days

Author: Bill Clegg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

What makes one of the most gifted, charismatic and successful young literary agents in New York fall into full-blown crack-addiction: a collapse that would cost him his business, his home, many of his friends and - very nearly - his life? In his utterly compulsive narrative, Bill Clegg leads us through the grimiest back-rooms of Manhattan's underbelly, through scenes of blank-eyed sex and squalor, into the febrile paranoia of a mind gone out of control. Ninety Days begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends - and tells the wrenching story of Bill Clegg's battle to reclaim his life. The goal is ninety: just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction. But as any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning. . . Published for the first time in one volume: Bill Clegg's unflinching account of the addiction that nearly ended everything.

Fast eine Familie

Fast eine Familie

Author: Bill Clegg Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2017

Ein gefeierter Familienroman uber die Macht des Mitgefuhls, in dessen Kern die Familie steht - die, in die wir hineingeboren werden, und die, die wir selbst wahlen. Am Morgen der Hochzeit ihrer Tochter geht June Reids Haus in Flammen auf und reit ihre ganze Familie in den Tod. Nur June uberlebt. Taub vor Schmerz, setzt sie sich in ihren Subaru und fahrt quer durch die USA. Eine alte Postkarte ihrer Tochter fuhrt sie in ein kleines Motel an der Westkuste, das Moonstone Motel, wo sie sich unter falschem Namen einmietet. Hier, glaubt sie, wird niemand sie finden. Das amerikanische Provinznest Wells uberschlagt sich derweil vor Geruchten. Alle sind auf die eine oder andere Art von der Tragodie betroffen, und das Kleinstadtgerede offenbart allmahlich eine unheilvolle Verkettung von Familientragodien. Wahrend June in der dumpfen Anonymitat des Motels jeden zwischenmenschlichen Kontakt meidet, spannt sich unter ihr unbemerkt ein Netz wahrer Mitmenschlichkeit - es konnte sie auffangen und zuruck ins Leben holen. Ein Familienroman voller Optimismus uber eine unverhoffte Begegnung mit der Menschlichkeit, die uns aus den Trummern unseres Schicksals zu reien vermag, wenn scheinbar alle Hoffnung verloren ist.Bill Cleggs "e;New York Times"e;-Bestseller Fast eine Familie wurde hymnisch besprochen und mit einer Man-Booker-Nominierung geehrt.

Did You Ever Have a Family

Did You Ever Have a Family

Author: Bill Clegg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

This book of dark secrets opens with a blaze. On the morning of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family - her present, her past and her future. Fleeing from the carnage, stricken and alone, June finds herself in a motel room by the ocean, hundreds of miles from her Connecticut home, held captive by memories and the mistakes she has made with her only child, Lolly, and her partner, Luke. In the turbulence of grief and gossip left in June's wake we slowly make sense of the unimaginable. The novel is a gathering of voices, and each testimony has a new revelation about what led to the catastrophe - Luke's alienated mother Lydia, the watchful motel owners, their cleaner Cissy, the teenage pothead who lives nearby - everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves caught in the undertow, as their secret histories finally come to light. Lit by the clarity of understanding that true sadness brings, Did You Ever Have a Family is an elegant, unforgettable story that reveals humanity at its worst and best, through loss and love, fracture and forgiveness. At the book's heart is the idea of family - the ones we are born with and the ones we create - and the desire, in the face of everything, to go on living.

Did You Ever Have A Family

Did You Ever Have A Family

Author: Bill Clegg Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

The stunning debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy.On the eve of her daughters wedding, June Reids life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughters fianc, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Lukeher entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor.Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the weddings caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Lukes mother, the shattered outcast of the towneveryone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light.Elegant and heartrending, and one of the most accomplished fiction debuts of the year, Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable tale that reveals humanity at its best through forgiveness and hope. At its core is a celebration of familythe ones we are born with and the ones we create.

Neunzig Tage. Eine Ruckkehr ins Leben

Neunzig Tage. Eine Ruckkehr ins Leben

Author: Bill Clegg Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2014

Das Ziel ist 90. 90 Tage clean. Nach 73 Tagen in der Entzugsklinik will Bill Clegg in New York die Arbeit wiederaufnehmen. Ein Leben soll wieder in seine Fugen. Drei Tage vor dem Ziel wird er ruckfallig. Mit kompromissloser Direktheit beginnt Neunzig Tage dort, wo Portrat eines Suchtigen als junger Mann aufhorte. Doch der nachste Tiefpunkt ist immer blo der Anfang. Der Entzug ist wie ein Kartenhaus, das jeden Moment einsturzen kann.Bill Clegg erzahlt brutal ehrlich, voll literarischer Sensibilitat und erschutternd authentisch eine wahre Geschichte. Seine Geschichte."e;Bill Clegg ist genauso besessen von Sprache wie er es fruher von Crack war."e; A.L. Kennedy

Ninety Days

Ninety Days

Author: Bill Clegg Format: eBook Release Date: 10/04/2012

The goal is ninety. Just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With six weeks of his most recent rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse, and the seemingly unshakably sober Asa. At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses with only three days left. Written with uncompromised immediacy, NINETY DAYS begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends-and tells the wrenching story of Clegg's battle to reclaim his life. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.

Portrat eines Suchtigen als junger Mann

Portrat eines Suchtigen als junger Mann

Author: Bill Clegg Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2011

Bill Clegg hatte alles: eine aufstrebende Literaturagentur - er ist der Entdecker solch renommierter Autoren wie Nicole Krauss und Andrew Sean Greer -, einen wunderbaren Lebensgefahrten, Anerkennung und Erfolg. Aber alles, was er wollte, war Crack. Er war gerade dreiig, als er plotzlich nicht mehr in seinem Buro auftaucht, und niemand wusste, wo er ist. Was folgt, ist eine Zeit voller Drogen, Sex und Zerstorung, eine Zeit, in der Clegg 70.000 Dollar dafur ausgibt, sein Leben kaputtzumachen.Erschutternd brutal und literarisch tiefgrundig erzahlt Bill Clegg von einem Horrortrip, dem er auf fast unerklarliche Weise doch noch entkommen konnte. Cleggs groe Sensibilitat, Ernsthaftigkeit und Dezenz machen das Buch zu einem unvergesslichen Zeugnis einer Sucht, die sein Leben verandert hat.

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A Memoir

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A Memoir

Author: Bill Clegg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2011

What makes one of the most gifted, charismatic and successful literary agents in New York fall into full-blown crack-addiction: a collapse that would cost him his business, his home, many of his friends and - very nearly - his life? In his utterly compulsive narrative, Bill Clegg leads us through the grimiest back-rooms of Manhattan's underbelly, through scenes of blank-eyed sex and squalor, into the febrile paranoia of a mind gone out of control.

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

Author: Bill Clegg Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2010

Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.What is it that leads an exceptional young mind want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life--and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. He also explores the shape of addiction, how its pattern--not its cause--can be traced to the past.Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is an utterly compelling narrative--lyrical, irresistible, harsh, honest, and beautifully written--from which you simply cannot look away.

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