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  • Elegant, daring, profound - confirms her abundant talent as a writer

    Arifa Akbar, Observer
  • Beautiful and harrowing . . . Daley-Ward writes with disarming honesty

  • 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

  • Daley-Ward explores the connection between raw emotion and the mechanics of language with more wildness and tenacity than ever

  • A rare combination of literary brilliance, originality of voice and a narrative that commands you to keep going until you've reached the last page . . . her prose is invigorating, razor-sharp and moves at the speed of light . . . Yrsa Daley-Ward is an explosive new talent and this book should not be missed

    Anna van Praagh, Evening Standard
  • The Terrible's raw yet lilting prose draws the reader in at once. Unpredictable shifts in form and structure - from prose to poetry and script - are refreshingly disorientating. This is both a defiant book and a defiantly inventive one.

    Patricia Yaker Ekall, The Times Literary Supplement
  • Daley-Ward is a stylish writer, as well as an unusual voice . . . she has a knack for distilling wild emotions into precise imagery, for selecting insightful impressions.

    Francesca Angelini, Sunday Times
  • Daley-Ward's beautiful prose wrapped its hands around my neck - I found myself doing stupid things like walking through New York at rush hour with my nose buried in her book.

    Jamal Jordan, The New York Times
  • The Terrible is a lyrical piece of writing that oscillates between prose and poetry . . . Daley-Ward's lines land like dandelion spores, these weightless things that are somehow simultaneously profound

    Una Mullally, Irish Times Magazine
  • Daley-Ward has cooked a broth of dizzying emotions and touching moments down to a nuanced and taut account . . . there are so many flourishes of imagination and pathos here, that it's impossible not to get caught up in the torrential pace of the narrative . . .the result is one of the year's genuine must reads

    Irish Independent

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