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The breakout novel by one of Scotland's best novelists – brave, inventive and brilliant. A.L. Kennedy on top form

Almost forty and with nothing to show for it, Hannah Luckraft is starting to realise that her lifestyle is not sustainable. Her soul is unwell, her family is wounded, her friends are odd, her body is unreliable and her drinking is out of control. Robert, a dissolute dentist, appears to offer a love she can understand, but he may only be one more symptom of her problem. From Scotland to Dublin, from London to Montreal, to Budapest and onwards, Hannah travels in search of the ultimate altered state – her paradise.


A brave and uncompromising book that lingers in the mind, Paradise is A.L. Kennedy on top form


This is a narrative that will not let the reader go - One of the most linguistically inventive and captivating British writers of the age


The book sings its encapsulated pain with the effervescent energy of laughter

The Times

Beautifully written...Her sharpest vision yet


One of Britain's most iconoclastic and fiercely independent talents, a writer who repeatedly tests our expectations... Compelling, even consuming

Daily Telegraph

A writer of great power and subtlety, a specialist chronicler of depression... alcohol addiction, yearning and loss

Sunday Telegraph

Every sentence of Kennedy's fluid prose is to be savoured... An unflinching book, elevated by the sublime quality of Kennedy's writing. Lacerating comedy is pitted against passages of sheer beauty

Independent 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 Irvine Welsh

London Review of Books

In Paradise, A.L Kennedy weaves her word magic around one woman's determined embrace of alcohol

Rowan Pelling, New Statesman

uplifting, moving and hilariously funny

Anne Donovan, Sunday Herald

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  • Paperback


    August 15, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    368 pages

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  • EBook


    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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