Reviews

  • Mordant, vibrantly confessional ... A masterpiece

    Guardian
  • The best books I have read this year ... They act as a manifesto for art, showing that literature is not the base metal: it is the process of alchemy, and the gold that results

    John Self, New Statesman
  • Semi-miraculous, raw and poignant ... Radiates the clear light of truth and stands as the ultimate victory of a life that must have felt, in the living of it, like a defeat

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • Dependency is the tour de force of the trilogy ... Some of the most potent writing about addiction, rehab and relapse I've ever read

    Lucy Scholes, Daily Telegraph
  • Ditlevsen's taut, simple prose shines a light on what life and love were like for working-class women in 20th-century Copenhagen. Elena Ferrante fans, take note

    Stylist
  • Despite the darkness that haunts these three books, they shine with Ditlevsen's honesty and humanity ... Her work, seemingly so simple, has the miraculous quality of a life perceived in perfect clarity. Despite the author's untimely death, The Copenhagen Trilogy is a powerful - and uplifting - testament of survival

    Erica Wagner
  • Incredibly compelling and timely

    Amber Butchard, Saturday Review
  • As in much of the best autofiction, the protagonist's weakness is counterpoised by the strength of her voice ... [Ditlevsen speaks] beyond the cruel and disappointing figures she encounters to us, her readers, awaiting her in another time and another place

    Lara Feigel, Guardian

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