Tirzah and the Prince of Crows

Pages: 400
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Tirzah and the Prince of Crows

Deborah Kay Davies

A hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age tale set in the Welsh valleys of the 1970s
Hardback
9781786074447 (4 Oct 2018)
RRP £14.99

The Book

 

From the award-winning author of Reasons She Goes to the Woods comes a piercing novel that questions who decides who we become

Set in a remote valley in Wales, this is 1974, and Tirzah is sixteen, pretty, witty and wise. Brought up in a staunchly religious family, she has lived a sheltered life. But then she meets a boy. As she begins to struggle against the confines of her community, juggling everyone's expectations and trying to find her own way in the world, life takes an unexpected turn and Tirzah realises that there are many ways to be free.

Drawing on Welsh mythology and with an almost fable-esque quality, Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is an intensely immersive, layered and powerful novel about life choices and the healing power of love.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 400
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Deborah Kay Davies was born in South Wales and began writing as a mature student at Cardiff University, where she earned a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and taught Creative Writing. Her first book was a collection of poems, Things You Think I Don't Know (Parthian, 2006). This was followed by a collection of short stories, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful (Parthian, 2008), which won the 2009 Wales Book of the Year award. After publication of her debut novel, True Things About Me (Canongate, 2010), the BBC TV Culture Show named Deborah as one of the twelve best new British novelists. Published in the US by Faber in 2011, Lionel Shriver chose the novel as her personal Book of the Year in the Wall Street Journal. Deborah Kay Davies' second novel, Reasons She Goes to the Woods (Oneworld, 2014), was longlisted for the 2014 Bailey's Women's Fiction prize and shortlisted for the 2015 Encore award. In her review for the Guardian, Eimear McBride described the novel as ‘exquisite…to be marvelled at'. Deborah lives in Cardiff with her husband, the poet Norman Schwenk.

Reviews

'This is a beautiful...book about a young girl who is struggling to decide what she believes and who she wants to be... More than a coming of age story; it is also a gentle and lyrical love story to the Welsh countryside and the people who live in it.'

- Bookbag

‘Remarkable…beautiful… [Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is] about a young girl who is struggling to decide what she believes and who she wants to be...more than a coming of age story; it is also a gentle and lyrical love story to the Welsh countryside and the people who live in it.'

- The Bookbag

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