Literary Type blog ...

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur | Book Review

July 21, 2018

Rupi Kaur is an Indian born Canadian poet, writer, illustrator, and performer. Milk and Honey is her debut book, and comprises a collection of poetry, prose and illustration. It was published in 2014.


The book opens with this statement: “My heart woke me crying last night how can I help I begged my heart said write the book”. The book explores the impact that Rupi Kaur’s experiences and relationships have had on her. It also includes her observations and realisations.


The book is divided into four sections: the hurting; the loving; the breaking; the healing. Her words are raw, confronting and provoking. Her illustrations reinforce the strength and uncompromising impact of her words.

This is not a gentle book of poetry and prose. It needs to be read with care and not, in my opinion, when the reader is vulnerable.

It is a book that has been astonishingly successful at a time when poetry is rarely on the bestseller list and is disappearing from our libraries. Why? The answer in part is because the subject matter is so familiar, and the style is so daring.


The answer can also lie in the fact that Rupi Kaur has used very modern and effective methods to get her message and her book out to her target audience i.e. via Instagram, social media events etc.


It is also a book that follows a very successful tradition i.e. the author drawing on their own experiences to communicate and connect with their reader.


It is a fascinating book, to be read with caution.

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload


Literary Type | Our story

February 17, 2018

Please reload


  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Pinterest Icon


'Bookish' notebook
'Just one more chapter' hoodie


Please reload

Did you like this post? Why not sign up for our free book updates:


Literary Type | An obsession with books and typography. Find your next favourite read and discuss all things books and literature ... based in Melbourne, Australia.

PO Box 821, Eltham VIC 3095


Email us!


  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Instagram - Grey Circle
  • Pinterest - Grey Circle

FREE book updates!

 Leave your email address to find your next favourite read and access exclusive Literary Type offers and updates:

© 2017 by LITERARY TYPE.  Proudly created with