An Observer Book of the Year for 2017
'You will come away bruised.
You will come away bruised
but this will give you poetry.'
Raw and stark, Bone is the first collection from poet and writer Yrsa Daley-Ward. Raised in Chorley in the north of England, her work draws on her early life and her Jamaican and Nigerian heritage.
Powerful and compelling, 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.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
'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 that are bound to touch readers to their core.' - i-D Magazine
'Bone has been one of my favourites so far.' - Florence Welch
'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
'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
'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.' - Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live
'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
'[bone] will hit you like a gut punch ... Some poems had me weeping; I printed others to pin to my wall for daily inspiration.' - Marta Bausells, Elle
'Beautiful... Moving... Touching.' - Sarah Brett, BBC Radio 5 Live
'Who decided that only a picture can paint a thousand words? ... [Daley-Ward] examines the alchemy between mind and body - with subjects ranging from trauma to hunger to desire.' - Elle
'Simple yet potent.' - '5 Poets Who Belong On Your Instagram Feed', Pop Sugar
'Yrsa's work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you. A glorious living thing.' - Florence Welch
'The perfect title for a book that looks for that hard place between the will and the flesh . . . bone is a bounty of passionate and pained lines, narrators whose hearts have been turned, twisted, and sometimes stomped, but who remain open and willing - because how else could we live?' - 'Must-Read Poetry', The Millions