Reviews

  • Edouard Louis [is] the vanguard of France’s new generation of political writers

    Arjun Neil Alim, Evening Standard
  • Edouard Louis… speaks with an emotional authenticity and a stylistic confidence that is hard to ignore

    Tim Adams, Observer
  • This short work tackles the intersections of class, gender and sexuality... Louis gives voice to the way the cruel, crude hegemony of masculinity has essentially destroyed his father’s life, making him “as much a victim of the violence” he inflicted as of the violence he endured

    Lauren Elkin, Guardian
  • This valuable tale brings emotion to a discussion led by numbers, encouraging us to remember the real human lives affected by policy and political point-scoring

    Todd Gillespie, Financial Times
  • To understand what is happening now in France, or indeed, all over Europe, this is an essential text

    Irish Times
  • [A] small but hugely powerful book… Louis has further enhanced his growing reputation as the head of France's new wave of revolutionary writers

    Paul Simon, Morning Star
  • With great clarity, this short autobiography speaks of 21st-century working-class lives tarnished by shame and the erosion of hopes and ambitions. Louis and his father appear to recover from their personal losses of love and joy and family life; but it feels too late and at too great a cost

    Martin Myers, Times Higher Education
  • A masterful work from an underrepresented voice, which reminds us that the political is intrinsically personal

    Independent

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