A True Story of Love and Alcohol
Rich and moving and beautifully written The Times Bloody hell. It is an extraordinarily powerful and moving work for all. Especially those of us who know alcoholics who cant not be that. An achingly beautiful book which I devoured in two sittings. Amazing Emma Thompson Spectacular. I cant stop thinking about it. Louisa Young is a beautiful, beautiful writer and there is great courage and love in the way she addresses her subject. Its the portrait of a man and his times and his illness told with love but also with an unflinching honesty that feels like a great gift to the reader Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love Beautiful but, yes, sobering story it is, at heart, an old-fashioned love Daily Mail An extraordinarily candid bereavement memoir As much as its an overwhelming love letter, Youngs book is also a sobering reminder of the devastating effects of alcoholism, not just on an individuals life, but on everyone else around them Evening Standard The most riveting, heartbreaking book I've ever read about addiction, but above all about the nature of love. Already one of my books of the year Linda Grant Brave, honest and beautiful Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard Louisa Young's memoir of her long, bruising love for musical genius Robert Lockhart is as honest as the morning after and the best account of loving against all sense since Penelope Mortimers The Pumpkin Eater Patrick Gale Im still fucking crying. And its such a great work of art. I wish I'd read it before I worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor Philippa Perry Oh my God, its so beautiful, and heartbreaking, and true Sam Baker, The Pool 'Had me weeping into my pillow Anyone who has ever loved an addict will recognise most of what she has to say iNews An important book, one that demands we rethink a culture of blame around alcoholism moving, harrowing and tirelessly empathetic Daily Express
Louisa Young was born in London and read history at Cambridge. She co-wrote the Lionboy series with her daughter, and is the author of eight further books including the bestselling My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice, and its acclaimed sequels The Heroes Welcome and Devotion. Her work is published in 36 languages. She lives in London.