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Description - Paradise by A. L. Kennedy

Almost forty and with nothing to show for it, Hannah Luckraft is starting to notice that her lifestyle is not entirely sustainable- her subconscious is turning against her, her soul is a little unwell. Her family is wounded, her friends are odd, her body is not as reliable as it once was and her drinking is frankly out of hand. Robert, a dissolute dentist, appears to offer a love she can understand, but he may only be one more symptom of the problem she must cure. From the north-east of Scotland to Dublin, from London to Montreal, to Budapest and onwards, Hannah travels in search of the ultimate altered state- the one where she can be happy - her paradise. Paradise is a compelling examination of failure that is also a comic triumph, a novel of dark extremes that is full of the most ravishing lyrical beauty. 'The book sings its encapsulated pain with the effervescent energy of laughter' The Times 'One of Britain's most iconoclastic and fiercely independent talents, a writer who repeatedly tests our expectations-Compelling, even consuming' Daily Telegraph 'A brave and uncompromising book that lingers in the mind, Paradise is A. L. Kennedy on top form' Independent 'T

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099433491
ISBN-10: 0099433494
Format: Paperback
(201mm x 133mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - A. L. Kennedy

The author of five previous novels, two books of non-fiction, and three collections of short stories, A.L. Kennedy's most recent book, Day, was the Costa Book of the Year. She has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won many prizes including the Lannan Literary Award, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.

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