Delphi (Hardback)
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Delphi (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 28/07/2022
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A novel of lockdown that takes a study of ancient prophecy as its framework, Pollard's wonderfully economical story revolves around a woman fixated with divination and prediction as her world begins to unravel.

'I am sick of the future. Up to here with the future. I don't want anything to do with it; don't want it near me.'

It is 2020 and in a time more turbulent than any of us could have ever imagined, a woman is attempting to write a book about prophecy in the ancient world.

Navigating the tightening grip of lockdown, a marriage in crisis, and a ten-year-old son who seems increasingly unreachable, she becomes fixated on our many forms of divination and prediction: on oracles, tarot cards and tea leaves and the questions we have always asked as we scroll and click and rage against our fates.

But in doing so she fails to notice the future creeping into the heart of her own home. For despite our best intentions - our sacrifices and our bargains with the gods - time, certainty and, sometimes, those we love, can still slip away...

Heartbreakingly relatable and achingly funny Delphi is both a snapshot and a time capsule, deftly capturing our pasts, our presents, and how we keep on going in a world that is ever more uncertain and absurd.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241558539
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 23 mm


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'Consoling, harrowing, hilarious. I feel like it's healed me... Pollard's narrator is so funny and so radically honest it leaves you reeling' - Luke Kennard, author of Notes on the Sonnets

'Vivid as fireworks, Delphi explodes with the ambivalence, rage and dread of middle years lived within a world of pandemic and climate collapse. Both terrifying and exhilarating' - Doireann Ni Ghriofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat

'Using language that charms and beguiles, Clare Pollard cleverly creates moments of the darkest deja vu, so that I was swept up into a story which I was both unnerved and reassured to recognise' - Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground

'Clare Pollard's Delphi delivers an urgency unlike any I've experienced. I loved this book so much; the language, the humour, the style, which reminded me of both Patricia Lockwood and Sheila Heti. A brilliant novel born of searing eloquence and sinister wit' - Jackie Polzin, author of Brood

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“Pollard stream of flowing commentary was quite brilliant”

Pollard stream of flowing commentary was quite brilliant. She explores past, present and future with an emphasis on divination, all types and methods and further more examines our need for it. Why we need to know, to... More

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“Obsessive soothsaying”

COVID-19 hits London. A classics academic, when the family trip to Delphi is cancelled, becomes obsessed with learning the future. As the pandemic spreads, her husband Jason steadily ignores her and drinks more, while... More

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“Struck a chord with me”

I picked up Delphi thinking it was going to be one of the popular Greek myth feminist retelling stories that I like, but found a thoughtful novel about the coronavirus pandemic instead, lightly sprinkled with... More

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