Reviews

  • There are of course memoirs that do astonish and exceed our expectations of mere self-accounting: in recent years, Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk; Patti Smith's various autobiographical writings; Lorna Sage's Bad Blood; and Gillian Rose's Love's Work. Alison Light's A Radical Romance now joins this select bunch of books about the self that are not simply self-regarding but truly self-exploratory

    Guardian
  • Extremely interesting, moving, brilliantly written, as one would expect from Alison Light

    Claire Tomalin
  • A memoir of cauterising honesty. This is a book that deserves to be widely read

    Spectator
  • Beautifully crafted...It casts a light on the lightness of love and the profound depression of loss. A truly gifted writer

    Hugh MacDonald, The Herald
  • She writes with precision and tenderness about loss. A Radical Romance is an admirable tribute to a man, a period of rapid change in London, and an unusual marriage

    Guardian
  • Part detective story, part Dickensian saga, part labour history. A thrilling and unnerving read

    Observer, on Common People
  • Mesmeric and deeply moving

    Daily Telegraph, on Common People
  • Remarkable, haunting, full of wisdom

    The Times, on Common People
  • The most powerful family history I have ever read

    Penelope Lively, New York Times, on Common People