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About the book
  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409058182
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Paradise




The breakthrough novel by Best-of-Young-British novelist.

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.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409058182
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

A.L. Kennedy

A. L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards – including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in London and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.

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Praise for Paradise

“'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'”

LRB

“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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