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The Poet: A propulsive novel of female empowerment, solidarity and revenge Hardcover – 9 Jun. 2022

4.7 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

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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... 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. ―

We've never read anything quite like this before... the poetry sings so beautifully... you'll be completely submerged' ―

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. ―
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About the Author

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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  • 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
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Nominated twice for the Carnegie medal, for the Branford Boase Award and short-listed for the North-East teen book award and the Bristol Book Award, Louisa Reid's books for young adults have been widely acclaimed. Her verse novel 'Gloves Off' was Sunday Times book of the week and her latest novel in verse, Wrecked, is as powerfully moving and immersive as its predecessor.

Living in the north west of England, Louisa Reid writes primarily for young adults, although her novels are widely read by adults, too. She is an English teacher and spends most of her spare time reading or writing the kind of books young people might love.

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