From 2011 up until his death at the end of 2016, the inimitable AA Gill reigned supreme as Uncle Dysfunctional, Esquire's resident advice columnist. In this raffish, hilarious, scathing yet often surprisingly humane collection, Gill applies his unmatched wit to the largest and smallest issues of our time.
Uncle Dysfunctional is worldly, all-knowing utterly hilarious and absolutely the last fucking person I'd go to for advice about anything -- GILES COREN Read, wince ... laugh until you rupture yourself -- WILL SELF Gill is a wit and a charmer. Even when he's wrong, he's superbly full of himself -- LYNN BARBER He was the best writer. Nobody even came close -- INDIA KNIGHT He never once produced a boring sentence or a phrase that did not shine -- JOHN WITHEROW The king of irreverent critics -- LIONEL BARBER A giant among journalists ... His wit was incomparable, his writing was dazzling and fearless, his intelligence was matched by compassion -- MARTIN IVENS
AA Gill was born in Edinburgh. He was the TV and restaurant critic for the Sunday Times, a columnist for Esquire, Vanity Fair, and other publications, and wrote numerous books. He died in 2016. Alex Bilmes is editor-in-chief of Esquire.