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  • 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

  • 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

  • An inspiring account of the deep love between Alison Light and her late husband Raphael Samuel

  • 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

  • Compulsively readable. Light is a shrewd narrator . . . she reflects with careful psychological and philosophical insight on the reality of loneliness and profound loss following ten years of marriage. Light is also a poet and it shows in certain suppositions or propositions, those observations she posits in high-wire mental leaps.

  • 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

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