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Author: Yrsa Daley-Ward

Event name: The Terrible

Dates: Saturday 26th May

International Literature Festival, Dublin

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Tuesday 29th May

Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

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Wednesday 30th May

The Impact Hub, Birmingham

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Thursday 31st May

Bristol Festival of Ideas, Waterstones in the Union Galleries, Bristol

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Friday 1st June 

Topping & Co., Bath

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Saturday 2nd June 

Hay Festival

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Tuesday 5th June

Second Home, London

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Wednesday 6th June

The British Library, London

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Photo: Mike Kobal


Join an explosive literary talent at events across the UK for the launch of her searing, moving memoir of family, adolescence and sexuality

This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened - ‘even the Terrible Things (and God, there were Terrible Things)’. It’s about her childhood in the north-west of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia, Linford (the man formerly known as Dad, ‘half-fun, half-frightening’) and her little brother Roo, who sees things written in the stars. It's about growing up and discovering the power and fear of her own sexuality, of pitch grey days of pills and powder and encounters. It's about damage and pain, but also joy.

Told with raw intensity, shocking honesty and the poetry of the darkest of fairy tales, The Terrible is a memoir of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.
 

The Terrible

Yrsa Daley-Ward

'A major literary talent . . . speaks about the power and powerlessness that young women are subject to in a wholly fresh, clear-eyed way . . . you'll find it hard to come away from The Terrible without a stab of recognition in your chest' Stylist

'You may not run away from the thing that you are
because it comes and comes and comes as sure as you breathe.'

This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened - 'even the Terrible Things (and God, there were Terrible Things)'. It's about her childhood in the north-west of England with her beautiful, careworn mother and her little brother who sees things written in the stars.

It's also 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.

'Yrsa's work is like holding the truth in your hands' Florence Welch

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