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‘I am sick of the future. Up to here with the future. I don’t want anything to do with it; don’t want it near me.’

This is a story about now.

It’s a story about a woman, and the family she has made for herself. It’s about the dramas unfolding on our screens and behind the curtains of our homes in a world more turbulent than any of us could have imagined.

But it’s also about before. And what comes next. It’s about the flames that have burned for centuries beneath the cracks that are opening now. About the Ancient Greeks, who sacrificed and bargained with their Gods; about prophets and oracles, tarot cards and tea leaves, and how time and certainty and, sometimes, those we love can slip away.

It’s about the questions we have always asked as we scroll and click and rage against our fates – and the answers that are coming for us whether we like them or not.

Extraordinary, electrifying, irreverent and heartbreaking, Delphi is a mesmerising story of our pasts, our presents and our futures, and how we keep on living in a world that is ever-more uncertain and absurd.

‘Sexy, dark and dangerous, disturbed and disturbing in equal measure – I loved it’ Anna Hope, author of Expectation

© Clare Pollard 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Delphi is a triumph of sly observation, wit and tragedydark and dangerous, disturbed and disturbing in equal measure – I loved it.

    Anna Hope, author of Expectation
  • ‘Consoling, harrowing, hilarious. I feel like it’s healed me …Pollard’s narrator is so funny and so radically honest it leaves you reeling’

    Luke Kennard, author of Notes on the Sonnets
  • Delphi is a compact miracle of a book

    Evie Wyld, author of The Bass Rock
  • ‘Bold, brave and uncompromising, Pollard has found a way to write about the last couple of years which is both truthful and enjoyable to read, which I didn’t think was possible. Exhilarating, exciting, rare and beautiful.’

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of Write It All Down
  • ‘Vivid as fireworks, Delphi explodes with the ambivalence, rage and dread of middle years lived within a world of pandemic and climate collapse. Both terrifying and exhilarating’

    Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
  • ‘Using language that charms and beguiles, Clare Pollard cleverly creates moments of the darkest déjà vu, so that I was swept up into a story which I was both unnerved and reassured to recognise’

    Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground

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