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

  • 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 <i>The Terrible </i>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

    Evening Standard
  • <i>The Terrible</i>'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.

    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.

    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.

    The New York Times
  • <i>The Terrible </i>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

    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
  • Daley-Ward combines beautifully crafted and deeply personal verse with impressive prose, bending the form of the memoir into her own genre

  • Daley-Ward is twenty-nine years old, but the events of her life more than justify the publication of this unflinching chronicle.

    The Times Literary Supplement

More from this Author