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J. Clayton

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Sad, funny and true

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Reviewed: 06-02-20

Really enjoyed this, and found it both sad and very funny. Despite what other reviewers have said I thought the narrator was perfect casting for this first person narrative.

This book will change your mind

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Reviewed: 16-01-20

And I sincerely hope it also changes the minds of commissioners of services, clinical staff and those at the sharp end of mental health services. I wish Mr Filer would turn his attention to CAMHS, the education system and why so many of our young people are becoming mentally unwell so young. This is a profoundly humane book and I hope it changes systems as well as minds.

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Go Kerry Hudson!

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Reviewed: 23-06-19

I’ve just finished this and all the hairs on my arms, and strings of my heart are vibrating. This is so much more than a memoir. This is exploring a personal history to speak truth to those in power, to do good, to affect change. The prose is breathtaking & the author’s delivery absolutely beautiful. A quiet, strong resonant voice for those who would be kept down, silenced, shamed & bullied into perpetual submission and self-sabotage. Riveting, pertinent and profound.

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London as Poetry

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Reviewed: 15-04-19

This is an incredible book, weaving stories across generations with beautiful prose that captures the rhythms and poetry of London’s streets in its many voices.

Wow

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Reviewed: 27-03-19

Incredible storytelling. The way the ancient and epic is blended with the modern and personal is breathtaking and the huge and painfully pertinent political sweep of the book builds slowly and with excruciating tension. A really fantastic piece of work & hugely deserving of it’s success.

Cried, laughed, gasped and loved it

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Reviewed: 14-01-19

Coming from an interesting family and having an interesting child, and being quite the academic weirdo myself I absolutely loved this personal story. Katherine writes beautifully, with such clarity, honesty and humour. I’d love to read more from her.

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Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 01-05-18

This whole series is fantastic. The characters are both hilarious and, at times, poignant and the story romps along at a cracking pace. My 10 year old LOVES it & has listened about 6 times. Maz Evans reading is utterly brilliant and she brings so much life and humour to it. Her timing is impeccable; a real joy.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is perfect

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Reviewed: 25-02-18

Fantastic narration of this classic novel. It’s still heartbreaking that Plath saw ‘The Bell Jar’ as practice for writing a ‘real novel’.

Fantastic Storytelling

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Reviewed: 15-01-18

I enjoyed this so much, both the writing and the narration are gorgeous. Eleanor Oliphant is a beautifully complex character with a compelling & heartbreaking past and her story is a testament to human resilience. She’s also damn funny. Brilliant debut. Looking forward to more from this author.

Loved this so much

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Reviewed: 02-12-17

A beautiful and harrowing story about kindness, love and the failings of the care system. Lenny Henry is the perfect narrator. There should be more stories like this.

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