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The Poet: A propulsive novel of female empowerment, solidarity and revenge Hardcover – 9 Jun. 2022
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A PASSIONATE, PAGE-TURNING TALE OF COERCIVE CONTROL AND FEMALE SOLIDARITY, FOR FANS OF THREE WOMEN AND ACTS OF DESPERATION.
'This is the book I have always needed, it is F*****G BRILLIANT and everyone should read it' Nikita Gill
'A beautiful, biting page-turner' Irish Times
'Wildly original, this passionate tale of coercive control and female solidarity is nothing short of a work of art.' Zoella
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.
Written in verse and charged with passion and anger, The Poet is a portrait of a deeply dysfunctional relationship, exploring coercive control, class and privilege. It is also a page-turning tale of female solidarity and survival.
'Brisk, disturbing and very satisfying' Daily Mail
A beautiful, biting page-turner... is it any different for young women, these days? Reid's novel provides -- as the best fiction does -- a nuanced, thought provoking answer to this question. ― Irish Times
Brisk, disturbing and very satisfying ― Daily Mail
Written in verse and wildly original, this passionate tale of coercive control and female solidarity is nothing short of a work of art. ― Zoella
We've never read anything quite like this before... the poetry sings so beautifully... you'll be completely submerged' ― Cosmopolitan
Brilliant and beautifully written. It'll have you raging and rejoicing till the very last page. ― Manjeet Mann, winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2021
I devoured it both as a breath-taking, page-turning novel on betrayal and a series of startling poems, chiselled from bone. The Poet is going to e x p l o d e into 2022 and leave us all spilt and shuddering! Astounding book.― Helen Paris
A novel in verse about poetry, female desire and achievement, gender politics and revenge, it weeps, rages and triumphs in words as exquisite as emotion. Loved it. ― Julie Cohen
A thunderstorm of female power with nods to the greatest poets of all time. Drop everything and read. ― Ericka Waller
Superb . . . Raw, angry and utterly compelling . . . The writing is stunning - I hope it'll put verse novels on the map. ― Hush - Five Unmissable Books for 2022
About the Author
- Publisher : Doubleday (9 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0857528394
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857528391
- Dimensions : 14.4 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 171,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2022
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This book is incredible!!
There are not enough stars to apply here and thank you so much to NetGalley for the free Electronic advance copy because this was phenomenal! Everything about The Poet blew me away. I loved the way it was written in verse - it was just so perfectly fitting and so clever. As a uni academic myself, with a particular interest in professional boundaries and an undergrad degree in English, this story was so alive for me and I gasped out loud when I realised what Tom had done as Emma’s supervisor… let alone her partner!
The level of coercive control was terrifying and the way Tom honed in on every opportunity to gain power and undermine - God, he was so exploitative!
I will be recommending this incredible book to everyone I know - always!
Thank goodness it is released on the 9th of June so I can buy a copy to hold for when I read it and savour it again!
I was engaged by this novel from the very start, but midway through I became completely hooked after Emma discovers a particularly egregious act of wrongdoing on Tom's part and begins to plot her revenge and work out how to reclaim her voice. This is where the book really becomes a page-turner, aided by the verse novel genre which distils Emma's emotions with a precision and urgency that is difficult to match in prose. Verse novels have become a well-established genre in YA fiction, and it is great to see successful YA verse novelists like Sarah Crossan and Louisa Reid writing for adults.
This novel also explorers the wider issue of the different ways in which female writers are silenced and suppressed by men, referencing figures such as Colette and Lizzie Siddal along the way. Charlotte Mew makes for an interesting focal point for the novel, and Reid has Emma make some insightful observations about Mew's life. If I had a criticism, it's that I would have liked a bit more focus on Mew's writing (which is wonderful) - we are told that Mew is an unjustly neglected figure but I wanted the novel to do more to show us why Mew is in fact worthy of our attention. But this is a small quibble with an immensely powerful, timely and gripping read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC to review!
It really is incredible how easy it is to switch from reading prose to reading verse, and it is remarkable how the fewer words of verse can still conjure up such a rich story. I thoroughly enjoyed the poet and was hooked until the end. Tom embodies so many of the negative, toxic qualities of a man who thinks he can do as he pleases; that other people are disposable and there for his benefit or not at all. It was very easy to get behind Emma and will her on to taking a stand and getting revenge for the cruelty she has suffered. This is the sort of book that you'll pick up, perhaps with the intent of reading a few chapters and suddenly find yourself completely caught up and unable to pause reading. I think it will strike a cord with so many readers, in particular those who have been tormented by others in a position of power in the past and who want to see justice served. It is a slightly different take on a rotten relationship and I think this makes it stand out from others on a similar theme. I think so many readers will have encountered 'Tom' in various guises in their lives, perhaps not in academic circles, and will rage alongside Emma. I loved it!