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Savage Her Reply - Deirdre Sullivan


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Author: Deirdre Sullivan

Date Published: 03-Sep-2020

Savage Her Reply is a dark, feminist retelling of the famous Irish fairytale, The Children of Lir, told in Sullivan's hypnotic prose. Aife marries Lir, a king with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aife turns them into swans for 900 years. Retold through the voice of Aife, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, yet nuanced in its exploration of the guilt of a complex character. It is voiced in Sullivan's trademark rich, lyrical prose as developed in Tangleweed and Brine - the multiple award-winner which established Sullivan as the queen of witchy YA.

About the Author
Deirdre Sullivan, from Galway in the West of Ireland, is one of the UK and Ireland's most distinctive YA voices. Her hugely acclaimed Tangleweed and Brine, a collection of feminist retellings of classic fairytales, won Young Adult Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017, the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Award 2018 and the Irish Times Ticket Reader's Choice Award for YA Fiction.
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'The writing is so beautiful, sharp as a knife - you're bleeding before you know you've been cut ... It's such a fierce, bitter kiss of a book.' -- Melinda Salisbury; 'Deirdre Sullivan breathes magnificent, fiery life into one of Ireland's oldest stories. Nothing will ever be the same.' -- Sarah Moore Fitzgerald; 'A bounteous larder of a book with all the bewitching ingredients needed for a potent magical retelling of a classic fairytale. The result - An evocative, poetic and enigmatic brew that is bold, striking, confident and keeps you hungry for more.' -- Laura Dockrill; 'Not a single word is out of place: like a poem, or a spell.' -- Tara Flynn; 'Stirring and shocking, a feat of absolute poetry.' -- Sarah Maria Griffin; 'Unsettling, haunting, and darkly lyrical, Savage Her Reply is a beautiful thing.' -- Louise O'Neill; 'No-one else writes like Deirdre Sullivan. She is lyrical, poetic and thoroughly intoxicating.' -- Juno Dawson

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