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  • Published: 7 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241977057
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Mayhem : A Memoir


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A searingly powerful memoir about the impact of addiction on a family.

'Now that it's all over I find myself thinking about family history and family memories; the stories that hold a family together, and the acts that can split it apart . . . '

In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint, Hans's sister, the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened.

Mayhem is an eloquent and timely attempt to understand the conundrum of addiction, and a memoir that is as poignant and riveting as it is devastating.

  • Pub date: 7 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241977057
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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.

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