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‘Painfully raw and incredibly funny’ – Simon Amstell

‘Katy sees the world like no one else and deciphers it with extraordinary beauty. Delicacy took my breath away’ – Lolly Adefope

‘Fabulous story-telling and completely delicious writing’ – Cariad Lloyd, host of Griefcast

‘Brilliantly original, funny and insightful. Dry and comic, but also very moving. I absolute loved Delicacy Katy Brand

Gentle, heartbreaking, laugh out loud funny and poetically told an intimate memoir that stays with you’
– Rose Matafeo

‘A deeply dark slice of comedic mastery’ – Sarah Solemani

An exquisite and important book. Delicacy is funny and sad and beautiful’ – Maeve Higgins

‘Katy has one of the most singular and enviable minds working today (and tomorrow)’ – Jamie Demetriou, creator of Stath Lets Flats

‘I loved this wry melancholy memoir and identified so much. Full of breathtaking intimacy and honesty, ultimately a comfort, this spoonful of wise and funny sugar helps the medicine of maturity go down.’
– Alice Lowe

From award-winning comedian and writer Katy Wix comes Delicacy – a different kind of memoir from an astonishing new voice.

Twenty-one snapshots of a life – some staccato, raw and shocking, some expansive, meditative, and profound, underpinned with moments of startling humour that shatter the darkness – all beginning with a single memory. A memory of cake.

The sickly royal icing marked the moment Katy found her voice. The madeira cake was the sun her group therapy sessions orbited. The ‘missing cake’ from a lost holiday has never let go. The Bara brith eaten in hospital after a life-altering car crash was as tough as the metal that hit her. The supermarket rock cake was where she ‘practised wanting’.

Shocking, raw, darkly funny and deeply humane, Katy Wix’s exploration of trauma, grief, addiction, love, loss, memory and hope is truly unforgettable.

(P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Reviews

A stunning book in which darkness and light, tragedy and humour, pain and hope are all masterfully, affectingly balanced.
Liam Williams
An exquisite and important book. Delicacy is funny and sad and beautiful
Maeve Higgins
Brilliantly original, funny and insightful. Dry and comic, but also very moving. I absolute loved Delicacy
Katy Brand
Brimming with graceful, charming writing - this book perfectly encapsulates so many moments we face as girls and women and I only wish I'd read it sooner
Kiri Pritchard-McLean
Deeply comforting in how relatable it is, hilarious, and moving. I felt like this book was my best friend as soon as I started reading it
Mae Martin
Fabulous story-telling and completely delicious writing
Cariad Lloyd
Gentle, heartbreaking, laugh out loud funny and poetically told - an intimate memoir that stays with you
Rose Matafeo
Honest, raw, profound, deeply moving and funny
Bridget Christie
Katy has one of the most singular and enviable minds working today (and tomorrow)
Jamie Demetriou
Katy sees the world like no one else and deciphers it with extraordinary beauty. Delicacy took my breath away
Lolly Adefope
Painfully raw and incredibly funny
Simon Amstell
A layer cake of truth, pain and wisdom iced with charm. I loved it.
Sue Perkins
Heartbreaking, ridiculously clever and laugh out loud funny. One of the best books on trauma I've ever read.
Scarlett Curtis
Mesmerising . . . an extraordinary piece of writing.
The i Paper
Painfully vivid . . . insightful.
Sunday Express
Wix is such an astonishingly good writer that she makes this into an unlikely page-turner. She turns her pain into poetry: intimate, candid, exquisitely described, deftly using words rich with grace, pain and power.
Chortle
Raw, profound and relatable.
Stylist
A book that offers many pleasures . . . hectically funny, eloquently angry.
TLS
A book that gets wiser, darker, and more brutally truthful every time you turn the page. Word of mouth is slowly turning it into a passionately recommended cult hit. A book you give a friend in trouble - like a shot of whisky, or a life raft. Or, like the book suggests, cake.
Caitlin Moran