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Serious Sweet Paperback – 29 May 2017

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  • Publisher : VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET; 1st edition (29 May 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0099587432
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0099587439
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Kennedy tenderly anatomised London and loneliness in Serious Sweet. -- Ali Smith ― Guardian, Book of the Year

So beautiful that it makes your head hurt. -- Katy Guest ― Independent

Serious Sweet is a magnificent novel, showing Kennedy at the very top of her game. Ambitious in scope, daring in execution, full of dazzling apercus and dark comedy… It is a tale of redemption, as serious and as sweet as you could wish for. -- Rebecca Abrams ― Financial Times

In equal measures, funny, sad and addictive… The opening pages had me holding my breath in fear and anticipation… Capturing the relentless hustle of London life to perfection. -- Glenda Marchant ― Stylist

A. L. Kennedy shakes her city until the right atoms collide. She stands back to give a picture of the whole of London on one day, and then suddenly swoops down to pick up a tiny detail. -- Kate Saunders ― The Times

Deeply affecting... Kennedy strips her characters emotionally bare… Serious Sweet portrays intense lives of quiet desperation: it is a novel about hope and muted courage and, at the end of the day, a very tentatively experienced optimism. -- Hannah Beckerman ― Observer

A. L. Kennedy's eighth novel is a profoundly moving, often funny, and at points rending depiction of two good people. Serious Sweet is about the heroism of decency; albeit damaged decency... Kennedy is not one of our finest writers simply because of the quality of her prose: she is because of the moral profundity of her work. -- Stuart Kelly ― Scotsman

This is a bold, cinematic novel... Parts of it are terrifically funny. ― Herald

A genuinely stirring love story. ― Mail on Sunday

Her flair for describing feelings and relationships makes this an engaging window into the messy minds of Londoners and her commentary on the city rings true. -- Susannah Butter ― Evening Standard

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Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize- a topical London love story from the brilliant, prize-winning A. L. Kennedy

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