Taking artistic angst to its logical and lonely conclusion

While Louisa Young’s writing is wise, witty and beautifully perceptive on love and the forces which drive loved ones apart, a number of questions loom throughout You Left Early’s 407 pages

15th July, 2018
Louisa Young: her memoir records a relationship that came at a heavy cost Pic: Christopher Pledger

Memoir: You Left Early: A True Story of Love and Alcohol , By Louisa Young, Borough Press, €17.95

Early on in Louisa Young’s new memoir You Left Early, the British author gives an account of her former partner Robert Lockhart and his thoughts on the nature of artistry. In Lockhart’s view, Young tells us, those who create are not only doomed to suffer, but also to become more creative through the act of suffering....

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