Euphoric Recall, our debut memoir, is a raw, honest story about addiction, recovery and growing up on the rough streets of Livingston.
Release date: 1 October 2020
In Aidan’s own words: “As a schoolboy already caught up in addiction, I stood outside of a McDonalds waiting for a man I thought was my friend. A friend I met online. It would change my life forever. I was a streetwise kid growing up in a tough housing scheme. But the Internet was a new phenomenon. Euphoric Recall details my recovery from extreme trauma and addiction. As a Scottish working-class lad who grew up in a new town—Livingston—I also survived brutal experiences with suicide, violence, and severe mental health issues. One day, I decided to write a memoir about it all. I hold nothing back.”
What people are saying about Euphoric Recall
"...a haunting read about Martin's history of trauma and addiction growing up in a working-class Scottish town." — Alex Carrigan, editor, writer & critic (Alexandria, VA). Read the full review: 'The Comedown Before the High'.
"A truly essential read for those interested in lived experiences—and not just statistics." — Darren 'Loki' McGarvey, author of Poverty Safari (Orwell Prize 2018).
August 2020 Interview
Guts Publishing editor Julianne Ingles talks to Aidan Martin about Euphoric Recall, why he decided to share his story and what writing means to him.
"We need more books like this—authentic and brutally honest about growing up in the lowlands of working class Scotland. What Martin allows the reader to do is to come to their own answer to that staple question of social sciences—nature or nurture?” — Emeritus Professor David Wilson, author of bestselling A History of British Serial Killing (2010).
Born in Livingston, Aidan Martin is a fiancé to his beautiful partner and a proud father of two beautiful children. He currently works as a mental health and addictions worker in Scotland as well as studying social work at master’s degree level. In 2017 he gained an honours degree in Social Sciences: with Criminology and Sociology. As a grateful recovering addict, Aidan is heavily involved in the recovery scene.
Aidan’s childhood friend, Mark Deans created the cover image for Euphoric Recall. Mark is an artist and musician based in Livingston.
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Aidan's website: aidanmartinauthor.co.uk
Aidan’s Facebook page.
Aidan Martin (left) and Mark Deans (right).
"EUPHORIC RECALL is powerful and gritty—a memoir that explores addiction from the inside, rather than through the hazy lens of statistics and remote experts. An illuminating and important book." — Adam Alter, author of New York Times bestsellers Irresistible (March 2017) and Drunk Tank Pink (2013)