'A deeply intelligent and searching book, one that makes you re-consider the narrative of your own life and reframe the story you tell yourself' Hilary Mantel
"There was a question that had come to trouble me a bit earlier, once I had taken the first steps on this return journey to Reims... Why, when I have had such an intense experience of forms of shame related to class ... why had it never occurred to me to take up this problem in a book?"
Returning to Reims is a breath-taking memoir of return, a family story of class, sexuality, gender and of the shifting political allegiances of the French working classes. A phenomenon in France and a huge bestseller in Germany, Didier Eribon has written the defining memoir of our times.
A brilliant little book...a touching memoir of sexual awakening, and a gallery of philosophical ideas and characters
A deeply intelligent and searching book, one that makes you re-consider the narrative of your own life and reframe the story you tell yourself... Didier Eribon understands how deep the roots of inequality go
Returning to Reims played a capital role in my life... I was overwhelmed by this book. I felt I was reading the story of my life.
This is a self-excoriating memoir... [Eribon] writes as someone who has scrubbed hard at the markings of destiny
A stunning book -- vital and important
Hypnotic ... a gripping read
Eribon's memoir is fascinating: full of fretful honesty, battling with shame around his background and shame at being ashamed
Eribon offers up a magnificent example of an enlightened life liberated by theory, written in a style that deftly moves between the intimate, the social and the political
A powerful book and one that I enjoyed immensely
This is a beautiful book about suppression, losing touch with your roots, and regaining balance