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Summary

From award-winning comedian and writer Katy Wix comes Delicacy - a different kind of memoir from an astonishing new voice. 

Twenty-one snapshots of a life - some staccato, raw and shocking, some expansive, meditative and profound, underpinned with moments of startling humour that shatter the darkness - all beginning with a single memory. A memory of cake. 

The sickly royal icing marked the moment Katy found her voice. The madeira cake was the sun her group therapy sessions orbited. The 'missing cake' from a lost holiday has never let go. The Bara brith eaten in hospital after a life-altering car crash was as tough as the metal that hit her. The supermarket rock cake was where she 'practised wanting'. 

Shocking, raw, darkly funny and deeply humane, Katy Wix's exploration of trauma, grief, addiction, love, loss, memory and hope is truly unforgettable.

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Critic reviews

"Painfully raw and incredibly funny." (Simon Amstell)

"Katy sees the world like no one else and deciphers it with extraordinary beauty. Delicacy took my breath away." (Lolly Adefope)

"Fabulous story-telling and completely delicious writing." (Cariad Lloyd, host of Griefcast)

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Read this.

Got this as an audio book and stuck a chapter on to see what to expect, then ended up listening to it for the whole evening and then every minute I could sneak away from what I was supposed to be doing, until it, regrettably, ended. Review words like Brilliant and Excellent don't really cut it. Annoyed I've finished it to be honest. The author would probably hate this but it's one of the wisest things I've read. For anyone whose mental health makes them feel like an alien this will make you feel less like an alien and also make you laugh a lot. The section on personal trainers is a masterpiece. I think I love her. What the hell am I supposed to read now?

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Loved this book so much!!!

Yes I woke up at 3 am just to listen to this fantastic audiobook. I have always loved Katy so when I saw she had written a book I pre-ordered it straight away along with the audiobook. I truly was not disappointed this is a really honest and heartfelt book I’m currently grieving someone that I personally feel like I have to grieve in secret. this book has really helped me it has however made go out today and buy loads of cake.
Thank you Katy xx

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Heartaching, wonderful memoir

I loved this memoir for the parts that resonated and the parts that I couldn't imagine having to bear. My heart ached but it was wonderfully written.

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loved this

a beautiful memoir full of learnings and laughs, thank you Katy for writing this book. it's been a lifeline.

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I'm a woman of a similar age to the author so our reference points are similar but I think anyone who has grown up and, through heartbreak, grief, loss and laughter has learned more about who they really are will get something from this book.

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Beautiful memoir of coping with grief & depression

I was expecting more comic moments judging from the cover, but this was an honest and often raw storytelling through moments of family life and growing up. Dealing with grief and the multiple loss that Katy writes about is often a painful listening experience but it's truthfulness is its strength.

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Loved it

Beautiful, moving, funny , Katy has a wonderful brain and charming narration .
I think I’ll listen again

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Hilarious and deeply moving

The title, cover and theme of the book underestimate the emotional impact of Katy's story. This brilliant memoir is about what it is to be a woman, candidly discussing body image, friendships, grief and family life alongside ambition, talent and humour. She is a highly talented writer and the audio version has all the more meaning as she narrates her own story.

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Absolutely outstanding!

What an incredibly honest look at life! Katy Wix not only self-assesses in this memoir but also reveals truths about human nature and relationships that many will recognise in their own lives. Despite looking at grief and other mental health, there are funny moments and beautifully poignant ones, too. Some one-liners that will stick with me, for sure. I highly recommend this audiobook to all, as I think there’s something for everyone to enjoy, find funny, or find comforting or helpful.

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An excellent tonic, better than cake

Truthful, helpful, insightful and heartbreaking articulate. I loved this book. A feminist theme of women losing parents, caring, managing the casual misogyny of the 21st century Western world, being a daughter, being a friend and being in pain. It’s beautiful.