Savage Her Reply, by Deirdre Sullivan (paperback 2021)


Recent Winner in 2020 Irish Book Awards! 

A dark, feminist retelling of The Children of Lir told in Sullivan's hypnotic prose. 'No-one else writes like Deirdre Sullivan. She is lyrical, poetic and thoroughly intoxicating.' Juno Dawson, author of Wonderland'Unsettling, haunting, and darkly lyrical, Savage Her Reply is a beautiful thing.' Louise O'Neill, author of After The SilenceA retelling of the favourite Irish fairytale The Children of Lir.

Aife marries Lir, a chieftain 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.

Not for the faint-hearted, but a fabulous read for young adult and adult. She also wrote Tangleweed & Brine last year. 

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