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  • Published: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784870423
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99


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.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784870423
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

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

“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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