About the author

Charly Cox is a 23-year-old writer, producer and poet. Her writing focuses on destigmatizing mental health and the coming-of-age of a young woman surviving the modern world. In January 2017, she published her first poem on Instagram, showing her internet followers her poetry for the first time; since then she’s been asked to be Virgin Radio’s poet in residence, she’s been published on Refinery29 and has hosted poetry nights to raise money and awareness for a mental health charity. She is an ambassador for MQ Mental Health and was named by ELLE magazine as one of their 20 power players to watch out for in 2018.

She Must Be Mad

She Must Be Mad explores coming-of-age: the pain and beauty of first love, the relief and the agony of turning from girl to woman, the isolation of an untethered mind and the power and subjugation of the body.

With poetry and prose that is at once witty, wry and heartfelt, Charly takes us on wayward nights out that don’t go as planned; into the strange banality of madness and beautifully conveys the anxious indecision of becoming a young woman. For every woman surviving and thriving in today’s world, for every girl who feels too much; this is a call for communion, and you are not alone.

Published by HQ, She Must Be Mad is available to buy now.

Praise for She Must Be Mad:

“Social media’s answer to Carol Ann Duffy” – Sunday Times STYLE

“Relatable and funny, [Charly’s] work champions young women trying to navigate the modern world.” – ELLE

“Instagram poetry sensation Charly Cox translates the plights, worries, thoughts and feelings of modern women into accessible short reads of prose and poems that have you laughing, crying and questioning your own life in no time. With delicate prose that reveals the reality of coming-of-age in an overwhelmingly honest and open personal tale, it’s packed full of emotion and a brilliant weekend read.” – Glamour