A L Kennedy: A kind of self-martyrdom

The latest novel from the critically acclaimed Scottish writer A L Kennedy is the compelling tale told by a 40-year-old woman, Hannah Luckraft, who is descending into life-threatening alcoholism. With black comedy and a piercing truthfulness, Hannah relates to the reader the extremes of her self-destructive behaviour.

"I wanted to do something based on the stations of the cross--we're hoping everyone will be so familiar with their catechism that they'll recognise it instantly. Every division in the novel fits with an element [of Christ's passion] like the third fall or the nailing to the c...

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