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The Terrible

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Terrible written and read by Yrsa Daley-Ward with Howard Daley-Ward as Roo.

'You may not run away from the thing that you are
because it comes and comes and comes as sure as you breathe.'

This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened - 'even the Terrible Things (and God, there were Terrible Things)'. It's about her childhood in the north-west of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia, Linford (the man formerly known as Dad, 'half-fun, half-frightening') and her little brother Roo, who sees things written in the stars. It's about growing up and discovering the power and fear of her own sexuality, of pitch grey days of pills and powder and encounters. It's about damage and pain, but also joy. 

Told with raw intensity, shocking honesty and the poetry of the darkest of fairy tales, The Terrible is a memoir of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.    

©2018 Yrsa Daley-Ward (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Amazing, gripping, beautiful.

Left in awe of Yrsa after listening to this. Such a relatable and moving book. I will recommend it to everyone I know.

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Genius

Yrsa's work is so real it cuts me too the core. Her performance brings her honest words to life in a way that is a work of art in itself. We are seeing the emergence of a literary genius, in my opinion. Eagerly anticipating her next work...