Memoir: Cleaning Up

cupb-150pxwideCleaning Up was published in early 2008 by Serpent’s Tail.

• ‘Pretty much unputdownable’ (Evening Standard)

• ‘Unflinchingly honest’ (Time Out)

• ‘A blazingly defiant wit,’ (Metro)

From the press release:

Heavy drinking is one of our national pastimes, and women are fast overtaking men, regardless of background or upbringing. Tania was an ordinary middle class girl; nobody’s stereotype of the dirty, shouting alcoholic. Exposing the culpability of the drinks industry, the enabling qualities of Class As and our powerful sense of entitlement to go out and have it large until we fall over, Cleaning Up examines a moral panic of our time, exploring why women drink, how to stop and what life after alcohol is really like.

Tania Glyde was immersed in Britain’s drink culture for 23 years before a car crash of life events finally forced her to stop. Like so many people, she sometimes wondered if she had a problem, but as a clock-watching 6pm-er who hardly ever threw up in public, and never fell asleep on the train, by general standards she was fine – even though she was hung over nearly every day of her adult life.


Cleaning Up appeared in a number of national and regional publications. There was a major feature in the Independent (‘The Longest Hangover: My 23 Years As An Alcoholic‘), and the book was serialised twice in the Sunday Times (‘My Love Affair with Alcohol’ and ‘Swathed in the Liquid Blanket’). There were features in Irish Tatler and Red. It was reviewed in the Evening Standard, Metro, Time Out, Attitude, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Financial Times.

I was interviewed in the Daily Mail, the Irish Independent, the Bookseller, and the Evening Standard.

I later wrote about seasonal drinking in the Independent: ‘Tis the Season To Be Sober: The Best Soft Options for an alcohol-free Christmas‘ (2008), ‘The Joy Of A Sober Christmas‘ (2009)


Television: Lorraine Kelly on GMTV; London Tonight ITV.

Radio: Radio 4 Today programme; Lorraine Kelly on GMTV; Robert Elms on BBC London (twice); BBC World Service; Tessa Dunlop on BBC London; Phantom FM (Ireland), Dublin 98FM, Radio Europe Mediteranneo, and a number of BBC regional shows.