The How

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A treasure trove of inspiration and an invitation for personal renewal from the acclaimed author of bone and The Terrible

We still dream though, don’t we? We are gifted with a way into ourselves, night after night after night.

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s words have resonated with hundreds of thousands of readers around the world: through her books of poetry and memoir bone and The Terrible, through her powerful writing for Beyoncé on Black Is King and through her always-illuminating Instagram posts.

In The How, Yrsa gently takes readers by the hand, encouraging them to join her as she explores how we can remove our filters, and see and feel more of who we really are behind the preconceived notions of propriety and manners we’ve accumulated with age. With a mix of short, lyrical musings, immersive poetry and intriguing meditations, The How can be used to start conversations, to prompt writing, to delve deeper – whether you’re on your own or with friends, on your feet or writing from the solace of home.

‘Lyrical . . . visceral truth is at the heart of her work’ i Newspaper

© Yrsa Daley-Ward 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • For us, here is a book that gives and gives, I loved every word of this phenomenally generous, nourishing and beautiful book

    author of Mrs Death Misses Death
  • A brilliant reminder that the answers we seek are within ourselves … Yrsa Daley-Ward’s words are a guidepost, a reminder, and a welcome home

    Refinery29
  • A heartfelt, artful manifesto focused on living fully and authentically … By turns simplistic, elegaic, and illuminative

    Kirkus
  • In this gratifying exploration of the self, Daley-Ward excels at describing the indescribable … this work defies genre and features a beautiful blend of lyrical prose and bold poetry… This is a tender, hopeful meditation

    Publishers Weekly

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