• A brilliant little book...a touching memoir of sexual awakening, and a gallery of philosophical ideas and characters

    The Observer
  • This is a self-excoriating memoir... [Eribon] writes as someone who has scrubbed hard at the markings of destiny

    New Statesman
  • Hypnotic ... a gripping read

    Daily Telegraph
  • A powerful book and one that I enjoyed immensely

    Irish Times
  • This is a beautiful book about suppression, losing touch with your roots, and regaining balance

    Art in America
  • An honest and moving personal narrative that is skilfully threaded through sociological and political analysis. I was captivated from beginning to end

    author of Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes
  • This intensely personal account of Didier Eribon's family is a fascinating and compelling read...The book is beautifully written (and as beautifully translated). It is at once pleasureable and edifying to read

    Joan W. Scott
  • Retour à Reims could be a novel. It has all the allure and attraction of one