bone
Yrsa Daley-Ward

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Narrated By: Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon

Duration: 1 hour and 36 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of bone written and read by Yrsa Daley-Ward, with a foreword read by Kiese Laymon.

OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

'You will come away bruised.
You will come away bruised
but this will give you poetry.'

Raw and stark, the poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's breakthrough collection strip down her reflections on the heart, life, the inner self, coming of age, faith and loss to their essence. They resonate to the core of experience.

'Yrsa's work is like holding the truth in your hands. A glorious living thing' Florence Welch
'One of the must-reads of the year' Rohan Silva, Evening Standard

'yrsa daley-ward's 'bone' is a symphony of breaking and mending. an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind - daley-ward is uncannily attentive and in tune to the things beneath life. beneath the skin. beneath the weather of the everyday.' nayyirah waheed. author of salt. and nejma

'Sharing is her form of survival ... A powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout' i-D Magazine

Genre

Poetry by individual poets, Modern and contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards)

Listen to a sample

Honest, unflinching and unforgettable . . . one of Britain's best writers

an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind--daley-ward is uncannily attentive and in tune to the things beneath life. beneath the skin. beneath the weather of the everyday.

Yrsa's work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you.
A glorious living thing

You may think poetry is not for you, but please push yourself a little, go out of your comfort zone and buy bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward ... You will thank us for it

BBC Radio 5 Live

[bone] will hit you like a gut punch ... Some poems had me weeping; I printed others to pin to my wall for daily inspiration

Elle

[Yrsa Daley-Ward] is at the realm of a new wave of contemporary poets who inspire an unprecedented level of empathy and accessibility through their honest and raw approach . . . [A] powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout that are bound to touch readers to their core

i-D Magazine

One of the must-reads of the year

Evening Standard

Another stunning excavator of human heat and light, Yrsa Daley-Ward goes straight to the messy beating heart of animal attraction with bone, mesmerizing poems that strip bare the pain and beauty of negotiating longing, sex and love

Huffington Post

Beautiful ... Moving ... Touching

Sharing is her form of survival. ... Yrsa's Jamaican and Nigerian heritage, femininity, sexuality and mental health are just some of the themes explored within this powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout that are bound to touch readers to their core

I-D Magazine

It's been one of my favourites so far.

Florence Welch in W Magazine

an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind--daley-ward is uncannily attentive and
in tune to the things beneath life. beneath the skin. beneath the weather of the everyday.