Bright, promising Emma is entangled in a toxic romance with her old professor - and she's losing control.
Charming, cruel Tom is idolized by his students and peers - and he thinks he holds all the cards.
In their small Oxford home, he manipulates and undermines Emma's every thought and act. Soon, he will push her to the limit and she must decide: to remain quiet and submit, or to take her revenge.
The Poet is a portrait of a toxic relationship, about coercive control, class and privilege; it is also a passionate, page-turning tale of female solidarity and survival.
Powerful and angry, this is truly a novel for our times, and establishes Louisa Reid as an exceptional literary talent.