John Leonard: “I don’t want this book to read as a celebration of drugs. The reality is I lost my mind a lot of times. I was very close to losing friends and losing sanity.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“That’s a tricky one,” laughs John Leonard when asked which felt better: being E’d out of his head on countless nights in the Kitchen and other venues(...)

Jackie Kennedy horse riding during a family visit to Ireland in 1967. Her letters to an Irish priest have been tipped to fetch more than €1 million. Photograph: Gordon Standing/The Irish Times

The cache of letters from Jackie Kennedy to Fr Joseph Leonard lay in a safe at All Hallows College in Dublin for more than 50 years after his death in(...)