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,…