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Reviews

  • Its value is in its witness to the grinding humiliation of the racism that tainted every moment of her louche life

    John Lahr, London Review of Books
  • A wrenchingly authentic account of Holiday's turbulent trajectory from abused child to jazz genius

    Jane Shilling, Daily Mail
  • Her troubles are long behind her now. Her genius however, shows no sign of dimming any time soon.

    Nick Hornby, Sunday Times
  • A searing account of her life as a brilliant artist, a heroin addict, simultaneously worshipped as a siren of sorrow and persecuted by a legal system structured by systemic racism. Booze runs like a glimmering ribbon through these pages - she even makes moonshine from potato peelings while incarcerated - but Holiday emerges as a figure far more nuanced and human than her mythic image.

    Guardian, Leslie Jamison

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