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Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing

A Memoir

Matthew Perry



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16 November 2022

The beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.

"Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead."

So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who travelled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; 14-year-old Matthew, a nationally ranked tennis player in Canada; 24-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us.. and so much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell - and in the heartfelt, hilarious and warmly familiar way only he could tell it - Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true.

He also reveals the peace he has found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends - sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Honest, self-aware and with his trademark humour, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fuelled it, despite seemingly having it all.

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening - as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for.

Imprint:   Headline
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781472295941
ISBN 10:   1472295943
Pages:   256
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matthew Perry is a Canadian-American actor, executive producer and comedian best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit sit-com Friends, as well as the Emmy-nominated Quincy Jones from The West Wing and Dr. Nicholas Oz Oseransky from The Whole Nine Yards.

Reviews for Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is a raw, unflinching memoir that took courage to write. As it turns out, Matthew Perry has a lot of courage. He takes us through his addiction, his illness and his paralyzing loneliness. Somehow, during the course of his life, Matthew was able to turn his pain into comedic joy for others, but, he tells us, it was at a cost. Matthew takes us through his hell but doesn't wallow. Ultimately, this book is filled with hope for the future. If you want to know about who Matthew Perry is, stay away from the rags and read this. * Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the NBC sitcom Friends *

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