Madeleine Minson

Drink Through It



Jonathan Cape 344pp £14.99 order from our bookshop


FANCY BEING AN alcoholic for a few days, intent on a bender that involves ‘continuous minor blackouts’, makes you lose your bearings, and even threatens your life? Ever dreamt of being close to death and, step by step, re-creating Christ’s journey to his Crucifixion, making your way between the Stations of the Cross? If so, Paradise – a novel narrated by a woman hooked on drink, in which each chapter corresponds to one stage of Christ’s suffering – could be the book for you. Sounds heavy? It is.

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