The Poet (Hardback)
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The Poet (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 09/06/2022
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Waterstones Says

A stark, intensely powerful verse novel, Reid's scalpel-sharp meditation on coercive control and toxic relationships focuses on the dangerously dysfunctional atmosphere surrounding a promising female student and an older, callous professor.

I believe every word you say. That was always my mistake.

A passionate, page-turning tale of destructive love and female solidarity, for fans of Three Women and Acts of Desperation.

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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857528391
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is the book I have always needed, it is FG 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. - 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

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“Poetic justice..”

The Poet, written in verse is a story of a toxic relationship and revenge, full of raw anger but at the same time incredibly moving and engaging.

Emma is a Phd student in a relationship with the universally loved,... More

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Lauren

“Stand out novel about toxic relationships and life in academia”

Written in verse, The Poet is an exquisite read that you won’t forget for a long time.

The story filled me with rage, for Reid to evoke such strong emotional reactions is a credit to her skill.

The novel follows... More

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“‘How good you are at betrayal’”

Thank you to the publishers for sending me an early copy of this book. It’s quickly become one of my top 5 reads. I can’t recommend it enough. It perfectly describes how it feels to get lost in a toxic relationship... More

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