Bits of Me Are Falling Apart

How We Get Older and Why

Publisher: Bond Street Books
A hilarious, horrendous, and ultimately helpful memoir about hitting middle age and trying to hit back.

William Leith, well-known for his jaw-droppingly candid columns about his dysfunctional and dissolute life, is no longer young. Given what he used to put his body through, before he gave up bingeing on drugs and drink and bad food, he is in fairly good shape. There is no getting past it, though: he’s getting past it. And bits of him are falling apart.

What is happening to him? And what can be done about it? In his extraordinary chronicle The Hungry Years, Leith turned his merciless eye and magpie mind on his addictions and the chemistry, psychology, and philosophy behind them. Bits of Me Are Falling Apart is an even more ambitious and mordantly funny book, in which an unflinching memoir of his own, unique voyage into later life becomes an examination of the aging process in all humans - what science tells us about it and might be able to do to arrest it.

From the Hardcover edition.


Chapter 1

I wake up, middle-aged and cranky, on an old mattress. Half of my life has gone. I piece the facts together. I’m on an old mattress because I’m sleeping in my office. I’m sleeping in my office because I always sleep in my office. I always sleep in my office because my office is my home....
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"It could become a classic." The Guardian (UK)

"An engaging and truly funny book." The Globe and Mail

"Brilliant. . . . Darkly funny, at times disturbing, often sad, brutally honest." Toronto Star

"A near-addictive read." The Gazette (Montreal)

"It’s the kind of book you read at one gulp." Edmonton Journal

From the Hardcover edition.