You Left Early
A True Story of Love and Alcohol
by Louisa Young
Pub Date 28 Jun 2018
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‘Extraordinarily powerful’ Emma Thompson
There are a million love stories, and a million stories of addiction. This one is transcendent.
Louisa Young met Robert Lockhart when they were both 17. Their stop-start romance lasted decades, in which time he became a celebrated composer and she, an acclaimed novelist.
This is both a compelling portrait of a lifelong love affair, and an incredibly affecting guide to how the partner of a 'charismatic, infuriating, adorable, self-sabotaging’ alcoholic can find the strength to survive when the disease rips both their lives apart.
‘Rich and moving and beautifully written’ The Times
‘Bloody hell. It is an extraordinarily powerful and moving work – for all... An achingly beautiful book which I devoured in two sittings. Amazing’ Emma Thompson
'Spectacular. I can’t 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.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love
‘It is, at heart, an old-fashioned love’ Daily Mail
‘An extraordinarily candid bereavement memoir… As much as it’s an overwhelming love letter’ 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
‘As honest as the morning after and the best account of loving against all sense since Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater’ Patrick Gale
‘I’m still fucking crying. And it’s 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, it’s so beautiful, and heartbreaking, and true’ Sam Baker
'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