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

    Steven Poole, The Observer
  • 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

    Hilary Mantel
  • 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.

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

    Marina Benjamin, New Statesman
  • A stunning book -- vital and important

    Andrew McMillan
  • Hypnotic ... a gripping read

    Daily Telegraph
  • Eribon's memoir is fascinating: full of fretful honesty, battling with shame around his background and shame at being ashamed

    The Times
  • 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

    Annie Ernaux
  • A powerful book and one that I enjoyed immensely

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

    Art in America

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