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  • Kennedy tenderly anatomised London and loneliness in Serious Sweet.

    Ali Smith, Guardian, Book of the Year
  • So beautiful that it makes your head hurt.

    Katy Guest, Independent
  • Serious Sweet is a magnificent novel, showing Kennedy at the very top of her game. Ambitious in scope, daring in execution, full of dazzling apercus and dark comedy… It is a tale of redemption, as serious and as sweet as you could wish for.

    Rebecca Abrams, Financial Times
  • In equal measures, funny, sad and addictive… The opening pages had me holding my breath in fear and anticipation… Capturing the relentless hustle of London life to perfection.

    Glenda Marchant, Stylist
  • A. L. Kennedy shakes her city until the right atoms collide. She stands back to give a picture of the whole of London on one day, and then suddenly swoops down to pick up a tiny detail.

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • Deeply affecting... Kennedy strips her characters emotionally bare… Serious Sweet portrays intense lives of quiet desperation: it is a novel about hope and muted courage and, at the end of the day, a very tentatively experienced optimism.

    Hannah Beckerman, Observer
  • A. L. Kennedy's eighth novel is a profoundly moving, often funny, and at points rending depiction of two good people. Serious Sweet is about the heroism of decency; albeit damaged decency... Kennedy is not one of our finest writers simply because of the quality of her prose: she is because of the moral profundity of her work.

    Stuart Kelly, Scotsman
  • This is a bold, cinematic novel... Parts of it are terrifically funny.

  • A genuinely stirring love story.

    Mail on Sunday
  • Her flair for describing feelings and relationships makes this an engaging window into the messy minds of Londoners and her commentary on the city rings true.

    Susannah Butter, Evening Standard

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