• The narrative is mind-bogglingly crisp, resourceful and sometimes hilarious in its description of the myriad ways in which people drink... This is both a moral and a literary book... Remarkable

    Sunday Times
  • This is a novel where the characters seem like friends and family. It's a fine achievement

    Blake Morrison, Guardian
  • The funniest sad book you'll read all year

    The Times
  • A painfully funny, beautifully written account of a wayward family falling like dominoes to the demon drink

    Rowan Pelling
  • Far above the ordinary. Woodward's characters are wonderfully complex and rich

    Daily Telegraph

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