Reviews

  • "Makes an unassailable case for [Delaney's] importance in British theatre history while showing how her posthumous reputation has been subtly slighted... splendid and illuminating'"

    Observer
  • "A clever, hopeful and cheering book…shocking and sobering on how working people have forcibly become divorced from the arts"

    New Statesman
  • "Shelagh Delaney keeps her mystery even from beyond the grave, but anyone who values what is best in British theatre and film will want to join Selina Todd as she digs deep into the brilliance of Delaney’s work – and her character. It’s a riveting book"

    David Hare
  • "Tastes of Honey illuminates the life of a woman of blazing talent whose career faltered fatally after her debut"

    The Times
  • "Not just a terrific study of the life and work of an extraordinary talent but a bracing contextualisation of her in terms of class, culture, sex, youth, politics and the North. Selina Todd’s biography of Delaney is as tough, smart and lively as Shelagh herself"

    Stuart Maconie
  • "Selina Todd’s portrait of the artist against the backdrop of her changing times pays a warmly illuminating tribute to Delaney's unique voice… Todd shows in jaw-dropping detail the depth of the hostility to Delaney and her unapologetic work"

    The Arts Desk
  • "[A] breezy, readable new biography… Todd’s portrait is enlivened by anecdotes from friends and family… she uses a polyphonic approach…including many examples from other ordinary women’s adjacent experiences"

    Holly Williams, i