• 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

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