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Mayhem: A Memoir

Sigrid Rausing

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Penguin
02 July 2018
Biography; Memoirs; Illness & addiction: social aspects; Coping with drug & alcohol abuse; Coping with death & bereavement
A searing memoir about the impact of addiction on a family.

For years Sigrid Rausing watched helplessly as her brother Hans and his wife Eva succumbed to drug addiction. It afflicted a terrible toll on their family, culminating in Eva's tragic early death. As this death led to inquest and media circus, the world looked on in horror, but few understood the suffering endured by the Rausing family.

In Mayhem, Sigrid explores the collateral damage addiction wreaks on loved ones. Telling her family's story, she examines painful and rarely discussed questions. What is it like to live with addiction in the family? How can you help without hurting the one you love? And what does it mean to survive another's addiction?
By:   Sigrid Rausing
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   162g
ISBN:   9780241977064
ISBN 10:   0241977061
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   02 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sigrid Rausing is the editor of Granta magazine and the publisher of Granta Books. She is the author of two previous books: History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia, and Everything is Wonderful, which was short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. She is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and of St Antony's College, Oxford. She lives in London.

Reviews for Mayhem: A Memoir

Publisher's description. A courageous and clear-sighted memoir about addiction and its terrible repercussions within a family. In 2012, Hans Rausing, heir to the vast Tetrapak fortune, was pulled over by the police while driving erratically across Wandsworth Bridge. What those police officers eventually found would shock the world... * Penguin * In this slim, stoic memoir... Rausing thoughtfully, painstakingly, works a deep groove into the stubborn surface of certain bedevilling questions: How do you write about addiction? ... I nodded and sometimes cried. I wanted to invite the author over for tea * The Millions * Touched by its bravery, sincerity and the frequent beauty of the writing * The Times * Riveting, clear-sighted and exceptionally articulate...heartbreaking...her literary and psychoanalytic fluency gives the book an impact that feels arrestingly honest * Daily Telegraph * A deeply felt memorial to a lost brother...a finely written memoir * Literary Review * What gives this book its astonishing power is not the guilt, but the intelligence and literary skill. Beautifully structured... Rausing sets the scene with painterly delicacy and then steps back to analyse the implications of what she has revealed * The Guardian * Such a unique and haunting story to tell * The Sunday Times * Powerful and spare... her elisions and prevarications have a striking effect * The Observer * A short, intense and moving memoir... a poignant and at times harrowing account that testifies to the resilience of the human spirit * Tatler * A profoundly articulate and harrowing memoir of a family grappling with addiction... I was impressed and moved -- A. M. Homes Fierce, lyrical, and lucid memoir -- Siri Hustvedt


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