Hell and Back
In recent months, as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's bizarre behaviour -- and revelations of his excessive drinking -- made international news, the subject of alcoholism has come under the spotlight. In his new ebook, Hell and Back: Alcoholism, Addiction and the Lessons They Taught Me, veteran Toronto Star journalist Jim Coyle tackles that issue head-on as he recounts his own horrific descent into a sea of booze and his hard-won recovery. Coyle writes that he decided to tell his story because so many citizens have been looking for an explanation for Ford's "bafflingly self-destructive conduct." His book is dedicated “to those brave enough to speak difficult truths . . . and especially to those who are yet to learn that there’s a better way to be.”
Jim Coyle spent 12 years as a reporter for The Canadian Press in Toronto and on Parliament Hill, and for seven years was provincial affairs columnist at the Ontario legislature for the Ottawa Citizen before joining the Toronto Star in 1997. Over his career, Coyle has filed from every province and territory in Canada and has covered papal and royal tours, judicial inquiries, Grey Cups, the Calgary Olympics and more elections and leadership conventions than he cares to recall. He has written two Star Dispatches ebooks, The Quiet Evolution: How Dalton McGuinty Changed Ontario and Why He Resigned, and Madam Premier: Kathleen Wynne’s First 100 Days. Coyle and his wife, Toronto Star reporter Andrea Gordon, have four sons.