The breakthrough novel by the Costa award-winner
Almost forty and with nothing to show for it, Hannah Luckraft is starting to notice that her lifestyle is not entirely sustainable: her subconscious is turning against her, her soul is a little unwell. Her family is wounded, her friends are odd, her body is not as reliable as it once was and her drinking is frankly out of hand. Robert, a dissolute dentist, appears to offer a love she can understand, but he may only be one more symptom of the problem she must cure. From the north-east of Scotland to Dublin, from London to Montreal, to Budapest and onwards, Hannah travels in search of the ultimate altered state: the one where she can be happy - her paradise.
Paradise is a compelling examination of failure that is also a comic triumph, a novel of dark extremes that is full of the most ravishing lyrical beauty.
“'The book sings its encapsulated pain with the effervescent energy of laughter' The Times ”
“'One of Britain's most iconoclastic and fiercely independent talents, a writer who repeatedly tests our expectations-Compelling, even consuming' Daily Telegraph ”
“'A brave and uncompromising book that lingers in the mind, Paradise is A. L. Kennedy on top form' Independent ”
“'This is a narrative that will not let the reader go-One of the most linguistically inventive and captivating British writers of the age' Observer ”
“'A stylist of the highest order' Financial Times ”
“'Gripping, stylistically consummate' Sunday Times ”
“'An unflinching book, elevated by the sublime quality of Kennedy's writing. Lacerating comedy is pitted against passages of sheer beauty' Independent on Sunday ”
“'Beautifully written...Her sharpest vision yet' Guardian ”
“'A truly superb novel-Often very funny, filled with sardonic one-liners that encapsulate the plight of the heavy drinker-An enormous pleasure to read...Simply brilliant' Scotland on Sunday”
“Kennedy's lyrical evocation of the mind of an alcoholic draws on, and slyly subverts, a long distinguished tradition of hard-drinking narratives in Scottish literature, from Alasdair Gray to Irving Welsh'”
“A.L. Kennedy's lyrical evocation of the mind of an alcoholic draws in, and slyly subverts, a long and distinguished tradition of hard-drinking narratives in Scottish Literature, from Alasdair Gray to Irvine Welsh.”
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