The Poet

The Poet

A propulsive novel of female empowerment, solidarity and revenge


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I believe every word you say. That was always my mistake.

Bright, promising Emma is entangled in a toxic romance with her old professor - and she's losing control.

Cruel, charming Tom is idolized by his students and peers - confident he holds all the cards.

In their small Oxford home, he manipulates and undermines her every thought and act. Soon, he will push her to the limit and she must decide: to remain quiet and submit, or to take her revenge.

The Poet is a portrait of a deeply dysfunctional relationship, exploring coercive control, class and privilege. It is also a passionate, page-turning tale of female solidarity and survival.

© Louisa Reid 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • This is the book I have always needed, it is F*****G BRILLIANT and everyone should read it.
    Nikita Gill

About the author

Louisa Reid

Louisa Reid has lived in Cambridge, London and Zurich, and now lives near Manchester. She graduated with a degree in English from Oxford before training as an English teacher at Cambridge University and she continues to work as a teacher. Louisa is the author of four novels for young adults; Black Heart Blue and Gloves Off were both nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.
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