• "Louis’s greatest strength as a writer is that he feels things so passionately, sometimes to the point of obsession, but that he also has a philosophical turn of mind that explores, rather than neutralises, his feelings."

    Edmund White, Guardian
  • "[B]oth brave and ambitious in its determination never to let its reader, or its author, escape lightly the damaging realities it describes."

    Tim Adams, Observer
  • "[A] harrowing piece of autofiction… History of Violence is a slim but densely layered novel that begins with raw urgency."

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, The Times
  • "[A] heartbreaking novel… I find myself captivated by Édouard Louis's books and his raw honesty."

    John Boyne, Irish Times
  • "An intense and uncomfortably thrilling book, which uses the harrowing events of that Christmas Eve as a basis for a wider exploration of class, race and individualism... a novel that is unflinching in its examination of class and discrimination."

    Tash Aw, Times Literary Supplement