The Terrible from Yrsa Daley-Ward
From an explosive new literary talent, a dark, poetic memoir about terrible things that happen and terrible things that turn out well: a tale of girlhood, femininity, family secrets, addiction, sexuality, dangerous transactions and – most of all – hope
This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward. A writer of Jamaican and Nigerian heritage, Yrsa was brought up in Chorley in the northwest of England, with her beautiful careworn mother and little brother who sees things written in the stars. Her memoir details life growing up as one of the only black faces in a poor white town, with a struggling single mother who worked nights and devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents.
Half coming of age, half adult story, The Terrible is about growing up and discovering the power and fear of sexuality, about pitch-grey days of pills and powder: going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.
Praise for bone, Yrsa Daley-Ward’s first collection of poetry:
“Yrsa’s work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you. A glorious living thing.” Florence Welch
“bone will hit you like a gut punch … Some poems had me weeping; I printed others to pin to my wall for daily inspiration” Marta Bausells, Elle
“Sharing is her form of survival … Ursa’s Jamaican and Nigerian heritage, femininity, sexuality and mental health are just some of the themes explored within this powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout that are bound to touch readers to their core” i-D magazine
“Beautiful … Moving … Touching” Sarah Brett, BBC Radio 5 Live
“A stunning excavator of human heat and light, Yrsa Daley-Ward goes straight to the messy beating heart of animal attraction with bone, mesmerising poems that strip bare the pain and beauty of negotiating longing, sex and love” Huffington Post
“One of the must-reads of the year” Rohan Silva, Evening Standard
“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending. an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind – daley-ward is uncannily attentive and in tune to the things beneath life. beneath the skin. beneath the weather of the everyday.” nayyirah waheed, author of salt and nejm
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