Russell's book is a quick read. He's outlined a life as an only child with separated parents and a step dad he hates. He behaves badly, yet for all this bad behaviour, bunking off and so on he still comes out of school with 5 times more qualifications than I did.
The book is filled with tributes to his friends and associates who helped him along the way and especially to the countless drug filled events that have befallen him. Without many of them he would be living now in a gutter asking for 10p for a cup of tea, but as this book explains he has been backed by people with time, cash or compassion till he reaches a forced rehab.
Personally I found it interesting why someone takes drugs and the ill effect it has had. I saw once the wonder of one such drug and knew my lack of will power would lead me to a brain mashed end. So in a way this is the story of a similar person to me who took the other turn and thought yes I could do more of this! The fact that it opened up his creativeness doesn't appear in this book for every idea he seemed to have had seem neither funny nor clever. In a way if you want to be famous it'd be a good guide to the way you can succeed with only the ability to show off.
As he has now many successes I am sure he will continue to be one of Britain's best dandies. Sadly I think it makes him look like a sad deperate wannabe from a self made hell. For some he has talent but this book sadly doesn't capture any of it other than a fancy use of words and other peoples money.