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  • Published: 2 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241977064
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

Mayhem

A Memoir




A searing memoir about the impact of addiction on a family

For years Sigrid Rausing watched helplessly as her brother Hans and his wife Eva succumbed to drug addiction. It afflicted a terrible toll on their family, culminating in Eva's tragic early death. As this death led to inquest and media circus, the world looked on in horror, but few understood the suffering endured by the Rausing family.

In Mayhem, Sigrid explores the collateral damage addiction wreaks on loved ones. Telling her family's story, she examines painful and rarely discussed questions. What is it like to live with addiction in the family? How can you help without hurting the one you love? And what does it mean to survive another's addiction?

  • Published: 2 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241977064
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Sigrid Rausing

Sigrid Rausing is the editor of Granta magazine and the publisher of Granta Books. She is the author of two previous books: History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia, and Everything is Wonderful, which was short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and of St Antony's College, Oxford. She lives in London.

Praise for Mayhem

A profoundly articulate and harrowing memoir of a family grappling with addiction. With love and tenderness, respect and reserve, Sigrid Rausing explores the evolution of her brother and sister-in-law's addiction and its effect on her entire family

AM Homes

Sigrid Rausing explores sweeping questions about what it means to choose or refuse a moral life; what tragedy looks like when it is woven into privilege; and how we control or surrender to our perceived destinies

Andrew Solomon

A remarkable work. I am full of admiration for Rausing's courage and for the force and beauty of her writing. The writing at once expresses and embodies the pain of her experience - she found a way to do the seemingly impossible

Janet Malcolm

Riveting, clear-sighted and exceptionally articulate. Rausing's literary and psychoanalytic fluency give the book an impact that feels arrestingly honest . . . Her intelligence translates despair into precision

Daily Telegraph

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