Deborah Kay Davies - Author

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Deborah Kay Davies won the Wales Book of the Year 2009 award with her first work of fiction, the short story collection Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful. When her debut novel, True Things About Me, came out in 2010, she was selected by BBC TV as one of the 12 best new British novelists. And when the novel was published in New York in 2011, Lionel Shriver chose it as her personal book of the year. She lives in Cardiff.

 

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Tirzah and the Prince of Crows

Tirzah and the Prince of Crows

Author: Deborah Kay Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

From the award-winning author of Reasons She Goes to the Woods comes a piercing novel that questions who decides who we become Set in a remote valley in Wales, this is 1974, and Tirzah is sixteen, pretty, witty and wise. Brought up in a staunchly religious family, she has lived a sheltered life. But then she meets a boy. As she begins to struggle against the confines of her community, juggling everyone's expectations and trying to find her own way in the world, life takes an unexpected turn and Tirzah realises that there are many ways to be free. Drawing on Welsh mythology and with an almost fable-esque quality, Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is an intensely immersive, layered and powerful novel about life choices and the healing power of love.

Grace, Tamar and Lazlo the Beautiful

Grace, Tamar and Lazlo the Beautiful

Author: Deborah Kay Davies, Dr. Becky Munford Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2018

With a foreword by Dr. Becky Munford Part novel, part fantasy, part social history. More than anything it tells dark, universal tales about how utterly strange it is to learn to be human. Moving from 1970 to the present day, Deborah Kay Davies relates the history of Grace and Tamar, their volatile childhood, disruptive coming-of-age and dubious maturity. The book is part novel, part fantasy, part social history. More than anything it tells dark, universal tales about how utterly strange it is to learn to become human. Dr. Becky Munford is Reader in English Literature at Cardiff University, where she teaches and researches modern and contemporary women's writing, spectrality, fashion and dress history (especially trousers). She is the author of Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and European Gothic (2013) and co-author of Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique (2013). She is currently writing a book on women and trousers.

Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful

Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful

Author: Deborah Kay Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2009

Sisterhood is all over the news today. Sex and the City, The Women and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants have all been prominent in the headlines. Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful is another story about sisterhood. But it's different. There are no Manolo Blahniks, no weddings in Paris, no jeans that fit every girl perfectly. In fact, there's no glamour and perfection at all. Instead, Deborah Kay Davies brings us the raw, honest, disturbing but somehow touching story of two sisters and their real relationship - the good, the bad and the very ugly. Set in the eastern valleys of south Wales from 1970 to the present day, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful relates the history of Grace and Tamar, their volatile childhood, disruptive coming-of-age and dubious maturity. The book is part novel, part fantasy, part social history. More than anything it tells dark, universal tales about how utterly strange it is to learn to be human. Readers who know Deborah Kay Davies' poetry may be better prepared than most for the shock of her debut collection of stories, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful , by turns moving, hilarious and terrifying, and often all three at once.

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