• When new voices come from underrepresented constituencies, there’s always the hope of a new perspective... I can read Edouard Louis and know something of what it means to grow up in extreme poverty in contemporary France

    Zadie Smith, Observer
  • Even in the wake of Knausgaard and Ferrante it is hard to find a literary phenomenon that has swept Europe quite like the autobiographical project of Édouard Louis

  • An extraordinary autobiographical novel about class, violence and sexuality in France. It’s a vivid, often brutal but immensely touching book that restores my faith in the power of literature

    Tash Aw
  • This is the courageous story of an outsider, in equal parts frank, provocative and compelling

    Laura Garmeson, Financial Times

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