From the age of three Jonathan Self had only one ambition: not to be like his father. Despite his determination to be a better man -- and a better parent than his own had been -- Jonathan was a twice-divorced father of three and, at age thirty-five, spiraling. Self Abuse is the story of Jonathan's efforts to break free from the cycle of despair and dysfunction that characterized his youth. A brilliantly rendered, unapologetic memoir about the pain and joy of parenthood, Jonathan's story is as heartbreaking, redemptive, and unforgettable as it is true.
"This life is funny, appalling, and dark." -- Stephen Blanchard, Time Out (London)
"An honest heartbreaker of a book that should be compulsory reading for anyone who brings a child into the world." -- Tony Parsons
"Jonathan Self's compulsive, beautifully written memoir [is] all the more powerful for its sparse, bleak honesty...once you start reading you cannot stop." -- The London Times
"...violently funny. A treat for those who think their folks were a handful." -- Bruce Jay Friedman, author of Even the Rhinos Were Nymphos
"A harrowing, hilarious, headlong book. Mr. Self writes at all times as if he were launching himself off a cliff. By ruthlessly exposing his own failings he paints a wrenching and unforgettable picture of the terrible predicaments all modern fathers face." -- Tony Hendra, author of Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul