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John's Spring Picks 2022

Selected by John Clegg


It’s an exceptional time for poetry biographies: Katherine Rundell on John Donne, the paperback of Julia Copus on Charlotte Mew, and Mark Wormald on Ted Hughes and fishing (sounds unpromising but I am a quarter of the way in and it is electrifyingly good). Also Marius Kociejowski's brilliant memoir, A Factotum in the Book Trade, an account of Kociejowski's life among antiquarian books: he brings to life the eccentric collectors, authors and booksellers with the characteristic exuberance and panache which distinguishes his travel writing.

And there’s plenty of lively poetry as well: Annie Brechin’s long-awaited debut, The Mouth of Eulalie, a new collection from Róisín Tierney, and a New and Collected from Andrew McNeillie, bringing together many hard-to-find old volumes and a crop of fresh new work. Last on my list is a placeholder for whatever J.H. Prynne has published between my typing this and it going up on the website.

From the publisher:
The bookshop is, and will always be, the soul of the trade. What happens there does not happen elsewhere. The multifariousness of human nature is more on show there than anywhere else, and I think it’s because of books, what they are,…

From the publisher:
The Welsh poet Andrew McNeillie brings together in this generous and timely volume his seven collections of poems – including his most recent, Making Ends Meet, and his Forward-Prize-shortlisted Carcanet…

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“These unsettling, dark lyrics have a wonderful verbal energy; a mythic imagination. Snowberries have a ‘pale gleam’, a ‘halo’, a texture like ‘a mortician gently filling a bruise.’ Insects and…

From the publisher:
It is in the midst of a swirling river, casting a line, that Mark Wormald meets Ted Hughes.He stands where the poet stood, forty years ago, because fishing was Ted Hughes's way of breathing – and because the poet's writing has made…

From the publisher:
Eighty-two raw, fragmented, numbered poems in couplets chart the course of a marriage: passion, obsession, humour, love, sex, control, betrayal and liberation.*In The Mouth of Eulalie Annie Brechin is in love. Well, not her and…

From the publisher:
The first comprehensive biography of this undervalued writer, who was considered 'far and away the best living woman poet' in her day.…

From the publisher:
‘Every page sparkles.’ Claire Tomalin‘Crackling with gusto and sympathetic intelligence’ Andrew Motion‘A triumph.’ Matt Haig‘Stylish, scholarly and gripping’ Rose…

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