A Little Life

A Little Life

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/01/2022
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A Little Life
An erotic depiction of misery
On one hand, Yanagihara does a marvellous job emotionally investing us in these characters' lives. Then she utterly destroys them, ruthlessly and with appa... READ MORE
A Little Life
My God, this book. I think I’ve finally (but maybe not even, probably not ever) come out of the ultimate hangover that this book has left me with, and foun... READ MORE
Ross at Drogheda
A Little Life
Firmly in my “favourite books of all time” list
Lyrical, raw and tragic. It should be added that this book ought to come with a trigger warning for those with a sensitivity to abuse or self-harm. A long-... READ MORE
Rhianne at Winchester High Street
A Little Life
Completely emotionally devastating
This sat on my bookshelf for such a long time before I eventually had the courage to pick it up, as I had heard so much its traumatic themes. I am also alw... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction 2016. Finalist for the National Book Awards 2015. The million copy bestseller, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529077216
  • Number of pages: 752
  • Weight: 502g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 133 x 47 mm

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A Little Life
Possibly the worst book I’ve ever read
The prose in this book is beautifully written, and sadly that’s the only positive thing I can say about A Little Life. The story follows Jude, a bland, one... READ MORE
Jacob Curle
A Little Life
Beautiful, heartbreaking, honest
Truly one of my all-time favourite books. The story is at times wonderful, at times utterly heartwrenching, but you always come back for more.
Quin O'Sullivan
A Little Life
The most moving, profound book I have ever read!
I came to "A Little Life" late and only read it last summer when browsing in Waterstones for something different. It was completely immersive and although ... READ MORE
Suzanne Jeans
A Little Life
A Little Life but a huge story
This book tells the most incredible story. It is such a heart wrenching story, that I feel guilty for saying how much I enjoyed it. Beautifully written an... READ MORE
Sandra  Bunclark
A Little Life
Heart wrenching but a must read
Just finished this book. As synopsis states, it’s based on 4 college friends; Jude (such a heartbreaking character) Willem, JB and Malcolm. The main pro... READ MORE
Andrea Scholey
A Little Life
Love it!
This book is BEAUTIFULLY written. I felt like all of the characters became real people to me and that just made it all the more DEVASTATING. I was sobbing ... READ MORE
Emma Stanley
A Little Life
“They had lost something vital and necessary to their lives”. -Willem It is profoundly heartbreaking to have lost something vital yet knowing that it is... READ MORE
Ajerson Gargar
A Little Life
Quite possibly the most profound book I have ever read. If I could rate this 10 stars I would. This will forever be my favourite book. It’s harrowing yet s... READ MORE
A Little Life
The most beautiful, heart wrenching and honest book I’ve ever read!
Wow! What a book! It’s one of those where you want to put it down to process all of the emotions but always keep coming back for more!
Jake  Stevenson
A Little Life
Little life is a little life changing
Amazing, literally adore it. The beginning is kinda slow but its so good when you get past it. Ive seen alot of people call it just trauma dumping but its ... READ MORE
Niko Niko
A Little Life
Just stellar.
After reading this book, my life can be split into pre- Yanagihara and post-Yanagihara; "A Little Life" alters you in ways that you wouldn't expect. Yanagi... READ MORE
Abi Godden
A Little Life
What an amazing book. The characters have a special place in my heart and constantly think back to Jude & Willem. I read all 720 pages in a week (which is ... READ MORE
A Little Life
Worth the hype
Best book I have ever read. Read this a year ago and I still can’t get over it.
Zanita Harrison
A Little Life
nice read it was
kit langford
A Little Life
Should I have read it earlier? ( maybe not!)
Decided to pick this up after seeing so many videos about it (some saying not to read it- maybe I should have took that warning) and hearing so many people... READ MORE