From the award-winning author, a hauntingly beautiful coming of age novel set in the Welsh valleys of the 1970s
Tirzah has lived a life of seclusion in a staunchly religious family.
But when she begins to struggle against the confines of her community, trying to find her own way in the world, life takes an unexpected turn that ultimately teaches her that freedom springs from within.
Written with an almost fable-esque quality and drawing on Welsh mythology, Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is an intensely immersive, layered and powerful novel about life forces and the healing power of love.
Deborah Kay Davies was born in South Wales and began writing as a mature student at Cardiff University, where she earned a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and taught Creative Writing. Her first book was a collection of poems, Things You Think I Don't Know (Parthian, 2006). This was followed by a collection of short stories, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful (Parthian, 2008), which won the 2009 Wales Book of the Year award. After publication of her debut novel, True Things About Me (Canongate, 2010), the BBC TV Culture Show named Deborah as one of the twelve best new British novelists. Published in the US by Faber in 2011, Lionel Shriver chose the novel as her personal Book of the Year in the Wall Street Journal. Deborah Kay Davies' second novel, Reasons She Goes to the Woods (Oneworld, 2014), was longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Fiction prize and shortlisted for the 2015 Encore award. In her review for the Guardian, Eimear McBride described the novel as `exquisite...to be marvelled at'. Deborah lives in Cardiff with her husband, the poet Norman Schwenk.