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In her new book, Woman of Substances, journalist Jenny Valentish looks at drugs and alcohol through the lens of gender, using her own story to light the way. Mining the expertise of 35 leading researchers, clinicians and psychiatrists, she explores the early predictors of addictive behaviour, such as trauma, temperament and impulsiveness.
Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours – such as eating disorders, compulsive buying and high-risk sex – are interchangeable with problematic substance use. From her childhood in suburban Slough to her chaotic formative years in the London music scene, we follow her journey to Australia, where she experiences firsthand treatment facilities and AA groups, and reflects whether or not they are meeting the needs of women.
“Part monograph, part memoir, part Ginsbergian howl of outrage at a culture in which gender bias is a tenet. It is a work of compellingly articulate anger.” – The Australian
“Valentish tells her story with brutal honesty and dark, wry wit…[i]t’s a startling and thorough investigation into the relationship between gender, trauma and addiction” – The Guardian
Woman of Substances was nominated for a prestigious Walkley Book Award after its release in Australia last year, and is now finally coming to these shores. Join us to celebrate the British publication of the book, and to hear Jenny speak about her experiences and her research on this frustratingly neglected subject.