REVIEW: ‘Bone’ by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Jul 31, 2015 • Articles, BooksNo Comments

Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark.

bone-yrsaBone is an honest and frank, yet heartwarming narrative from the mind of one of the UK’s most underrated poets.

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s clever word play and insightful wit made Bone an enthralling read. Bone is Daley-Ward’s life stripped to the core -open, honest and raw.

It’s an ode to her many obstacles – some in which she’s triumphed while others are things that she still ponders on today.

When I purchased Bone, I really wasn’t expecting it to effect me emotionally as it did, so much so that I completed the book in one sitting.

Even though most of issues talked about where not directly related to things I have encountered, I did find the book relatable in a lot of ways.  Bone covered a wide range of matters including mental health, dealing with death, family, womanhood and sexuality amongst other things.

I first learnt of Daley-Ward’s work last year after hearing her TED Talk which acquainted me with my front runners, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘True Story’. The book also introduced me to new favorites, ‘Mum’ and ‘When they ask’.

Bone is an anthology of poetry and prose. Click here to learn more.

About Yrsa Daley-Ward (from Amazon)
Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. Her first collection of stories ‘On Snakes and Other Stories’ was published by 3:AM Press.

 

Review by H. Esi

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