Hurt people hurt people. Say there was a novel in which Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer’s assistant and, somehow, they met in Bright Lights, Big City. He’s blinded by love. She by ambition. ‘Diary of an Oxygen Thief’ is an honest, hilarious and heartrending novel, but above all, a very realistic account of what we do to each other and what we allow to have done to us.