Sam Cowen, much-admired radio presenter, writes her own story about her struggles with alcohol and the disease of addiction. She terms herself a ‘high-functioning alcoholic’ which meant that she could juggle a job, a marriage and family and, with increasing difficulty, hold it all together. Once she confronted her alcoholism and became sober, she experienced a cross-addiction with food and marathon swimming. Finally, after a lot honest soul searching she has learned the meaning of the phrase the ‘gentle art of moderation’ – no mean feat for any addictive personality. Cowen writes with matter-of-fact candour, and although she is often amusing, she is never flippant. Her memoir is an enlightening glimpse into the complexities of addiction – an affliction which affects ten percent of any society.