Reviews

  • "One of the most consistently dazzling writers of her generation... Kennedy's stories are a little like love: no matter how many times they break your heart, you still come back for more. This collection proves, once again, that it is always worth it."

    Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday
  • "Kennedy is brilliantly, painfully funny about the fault-lines and disaster zones of the typical relationship"

    The Times
  • "This book celebrates love like a hungry dog celebrates the corpse of a rabbit... Kennedy is, if you like, the Anti-Cartland... Magnificently bleak."

    Jojo Moyes, Independent
  • "It is Kennedy’s portrayal of the difficulty, if not seeming impossibility, of connecting with other people that makes these stories so moving… Kennedy’s disjointed, angular style and weird, displaced atmospherics really work"

    Lionel Shriver, Financial Times
  • "A.L. Kennedy's masterful new collection... Stories appear to roam chaotically, like the mind, but of course they are neat, perfect messes."

    Vicky Allan, Herald
  • "The book is filled with lyrical beauty, wry humour and acute observation, imbued by a willingness to dig deep and give voice to the reader’s rawest emotions. All the Rage is an outstanding collection, full of stories to be savoured."

    Ally Nichol, List
  • "[Kennedy] is the god of her own godless world. Her prose moves in more mysterious ways than mere comprehension will allow."

    Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday
  • "A satisfying diversity of experience and insight."

    James Purdon, Literary Review
  • "Full of moments of risk, which Kennedy's characters handle self-consciously and with care... She strings lyrical sentences together effortlessly."

    Sheena Joughin, Times Literary Supplement
  • "Beautifully crafted... It would be impossible not to admire these stories."

    Cressida Connolly, Spectator