True Things About Me

True Things About Me

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This is the story of a woman brave enough to risk it all.

She understands better than most the things that we keep hidden. She comes to learn how the heart is usually stronger than the head. And she cannot help, despite her better instincts, being drawn into a sexually charged and highly volatile relationship.

True Things About Me is a brilliantly written novel of survival that reveals simultaneously the strength and vulnerability of one ordinary woman. With great honesty and unexpected humour, Deborah Kay Davies takes us deep into the mind of her unforgettable protagonist, and in doing so asks us to consider seriously what we might sacrifice for our desires.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 215 x 16mm | 265g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847678300
  • 9781847678300
  • 1,285,706

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Like nothing I've ever read...full of unexpected beauty and humour. It's like The Bell Jar for the twenty-first century. * * Trezza Azzopardi * * Every now and then a novel will come along and blast the scales off your eyes. True Things About Me did more than that - it blew me to pieces. Brilliant. Disturbing. Deborah Kay Davies deserves to scoop every prize going. * * Helen Walsh * * This is the real deal. It's as dark and humorous as life itself. * * Joe Stretch * * Compelling and completely convincing, True Things About Me has a kind of Greek tragedy inexorability about it which made my scalp tingle and palms sweat. * * Niall Griffiths * * This ballad of sexual dependency - and, finally, rebellion - gallops along with a crazy logic and hallucinatory clarity of an exhilarating, terrifying dream. Glinting with pitch-black humourDavies razor-edged style has a lucidity and ferocity that makes much "literary" prose sound like soggy mush. * * Independent * * Dispassionate, stark and effortlessly beautiful, as Deborah establishes her fluid and masterfully economical style...dark, unsettling and utterly compelling. * * Buzz Magazine * * A tautly written exploration of desire within an all-consuming, yet fractured, relationship. * * Observer * * This frank novel reveals some of the things that one woman experiences in her life, from seemingly everyday meetings with relatives to seedy car-park encounters. Virtually no detail is spared in this impressive debut. * * Star Magazine * * True Things About Me has an unsettling pitch-black wit which truly makes its voice stand out . . . with coruscating verve and zest. * * Independent * * Memorable, troubling and surprisingly funny. * * Financial Times * * An ambitious novel that draws one in, even if largely in horror . . . compelling. * * Guardian * * It's a fascinatingly restrained portrayal of lust, obesession and loss...simultaneously gripping and haunting. * * South London Press * * A discomforting but impressive debut novel, True Things About Me takes its readers as far as it can into an unknowable and disturbed mind. * * The Age * *
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About Deborah Kay Davies

Deborah Kay Davies started writing and publishing when she was a mature student attaught Creative Writing at Cardiff University. Her first collection of stories, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful, won the 2009 Wales Book of the Year Award. She has also published a collection of poems, Things You Think I Don't Know.
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526 ratings
2.96 out of 5 stars
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4 20% (106)
3 36% (191)
2 20% (103)
1 13% (69)
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