'beautifully written and observed memoir... a writer of manifest talent... readable memoir possessed of a genuine spiritual and intellectual depth' --Sunday Telegraph
`a larger and more generous book ... the precision and beauty of his language is like a proof of his achievement - a kind of higher sanity' --Guardian
`most lucid and poetic of memoirs' --Daily Telegraph
`Burnside may not find himself convincing, but this complex, considered piece of work certainly is'
`There is no truer writer than John Burnside... filled with grace and as plangent and haunting as any plainsong.' --Scotsman
`hauntingly written ... a gripping, often humours account of the world of the functioning alcoholic ... stunningly exact prose'
'Burnside's memoir deserves to become a classic.' --Daily Express
'disturbing, powerful memoir' --Sunday Times
'One of the best memoirs I've read for ages'
'a brilliant portrayal of isolation...this sophisticated study of the human mind argues for our right "to cintinue in the pursuit of whole-heartedness. To be not normal after all."' --Independent
'"beautifully written" new memoir...He writes about "squalor and desperation" with "precision and beauty"' --The Week
`[Burnside has a] poetic eye for language and image...[a] non-judgemental, ultimately redemptive search for some sort of meaning among the shifting sands of madness and sanity'. --The Metro
`This is an extraordinary book and one so honest it scorches' --The Irish Times