You Left Early

by Louisa Young

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This brutal, beautiful memoir from award-winning novelist Louisa Young is a heartbreaking portrayal of love, grief and the merciless grip of addiction. Louisa first 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. Always snapping at their heels was Robert's alcoholism, a helpless, ferocious dependency that affected his personality before crippling and finally, despite five years of hard-won sobriety, killing him. There are a million love stories, and a million stories of addiction. This one is truly transcendent. It is at once a compelling portrait of a unique and charismatic man; a bittersweet reflection on an all-consuming love affair; and a completely honest and incredibly affecting guide to how the partner of an alcoholic can possibly survive when the disease rips both their lives apart. This is a hugely important book - raw and unflinching but also uplifting and elegiac, it should be essential reading for anybody who's ever lost someone they loved.

You Left Early Press Reviews

'Louisa Young's memoir of her long, bruising love for musical genius Robert Lockhart is as honest as the morning after and the best account of loving against all sense since Penelope Fitzgerald's The Pumpkin Eater' - Patrick Gale

'If the greatest act of devotion is to conjure the dead beloved in all their vivid, imperfect, mesmerising humanity, then Louisa Young's book is a memorial to equal the Taj Mahal. Anyone who has ever loved an alcoholic (be that a partner, parent, friend or relative) will find that the author's insights and breathtaking honesty will salve their wounds, as well as help them better understand the most devastating of addictions' - Rowan Pelling

'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

'An extraordinarily candid bereavement memoir... As much as it's an overwhelming love letter, Young's book is also a sobering reminder of the devastating effects of alcoholism, not just on an individual's life, but on everyone else around them' - Evening Standard

'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. It's the portrait of a man and his times and his illness told with love but also with an unflinching honesty that feels like a great gift to the reader' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love

'Oh my God, it's so beautiful, and heartbreaking, and true' - Sam Baker, The Pool

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ISBN: 9780008265182
Publication date: 28/06/2018
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008265182
Publication date: 28th June 2018
Author: Louisa Young
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Memoirs, Coping with drug & alcohol abuse, Illness & addiction: social aspects,

About Louisa Young

Louisa Young was born in London. She was for many years a freelance journalist, working mostly for the motorcycle press, for Marie Claire and for the Guardian. She has travelled widely and published ten books. She lives in London and Italy with her daughter. She is the adult half of Zizou Corder, authors of the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, which is published in 36 languages.

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