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A retelling of the favourite Irish fairytale, The Children of Lir. Aífe marries Lir, a chieftain with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aífe turns them into swans for 900 years.

Retold through the voice of Aífe, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, yet nuanced in its exploration of the guilt of a complex character.

©2020 Deirdre Sullivan (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"No-one else writes like Deirdre Sullivan. She is lyrical, poetic and thoroughly intoxicating." (Juno Dawson, author of Wonderland)

"Unsettling, haunting and darkly lyrical, Savage Her Reply is a beautiful thing." (Louise O’Neill, author of Almost Love)

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Beautiful prose

This is a glorious book. I read it in 1 sitting. Sheer class! Beautiful. I was a bit weary of the idea of the retelling but now I feel the author did a beautiful job humanising the main characters. I feel that this story conveys a more authentic portrayal of the original essence of the story compared with version taught in school. A great read.