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
9781786074447 (4 Oct 2018)
RRP £14.99
9781786076427 (6 Jun 2019)
RRP £8.99

The Book


A hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age tale set in the Welsh valleys of the 1970s

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, ultimately teaching her that freedom springs from within.

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 Baileys 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.


‘Spellbinding...Davies keeps us on our toes by sliding seamlessly from the mundane…to the mythical…but for all the folkloric trappings, this is a sober, clear-eyed dissection of an everyday predicament, tenderly described.'

- Daily Mail

‘...Davies writes about nature in a way that is lush and immersive...We are carried along by Davies's tremendous sense of rhythm, with each sentence feeling like it grows organically from the last.' 

- Irish Times

‘A genre-defying work of beauty.'

- Buzz Magazine

‘What's different about Deborah Kay Davies's story…is her use of the imagery and language of Welsh myth. It makes for a profound sense of place.'

- Observer

‘This coming of age story is tender and addictive.'

- Elle

‘[Tirzah]'s a strong, well-written and completely realistic character which makes for compelling reading.' 

- Press Association

‘Beautifully written, Davies adds to the classic coming of age story by interweaving elements of Welsh mythology.'

- Worcester News

‘Davies' evocation of the Welsh outdoors is one of the most striking aspects of the book, her descriptions lusciously detailed.'

- Western Mail

‘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

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