Atwood’s first poetry collection in more than a decade presents a timely distillation of her thinking. Inspired by the natural world and ecology, legend and mythology, the poems also reflect on contemporary political issues – and one imagines an alien encounter.
The Fire Of Joy: Roughly Eighty Poems to Get by Heart and Say Aloud
Ranging from the 16th century to the present day, these poems are a very personal anthology. Each is linked by James’s commentaries – sometimes historical illuminations, other times chatty anecdotes – all bringing his inimitable and much-missed style, wit and perspective to the fore.
The Lost Spells
Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
Author and naturalist Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris have collaborated once again to create an absolute gem of a book – a pocket-size “little sister” to last year’s The Lost Words. Inside you’ll find barn owls and red foxes, silver birches and jackdaws, all celebrated with rhythm and colour in what is, essentially, a hymn to the natural world.
Paris: A Poem
Daring, experimental and avant-garde (or, as Virginia Woolf put it: obscure, indecent and brilliant), Paris: A Poem, written in 1919, portrays the post-war city in a journey through the streets from day to night. A modernist classic.
The Short, the Long and the Tall
Jeffrey Archer, illustrated by Paul Cox
It’s the perfect match! Jeffrey Archer’s mastery of the short story form is internationally-recognised. The Short, the Long and The Tall presents a wide-variety of the best-loved stories – from detective, to romantic, to haunting. All are illustrated by Paul Cox’s brilliant watercolours, bringing a gloriously imagined new dimension to Archer’s words.
Two Besides: A Pair of Talking Heads
Alan Bennett’s monologues are unique psychological dramas. The first series was written almost thirty years ago, yet they have proved a perfect form for lockdown. The two presented here are meditations on grief, wryly comic portrayals of character and humanity.
The Golden Age of British Short Stories 1890-1914
edited by Philip Hensher
The quarter of a century or so before the outbreak of the First World War saw an extraordinary boom in the popularity of short stories in Britain. This was the era of Sherlock Holmes, of Kipling’s most famous stories. Mansfield, Chesterton and Saki produced some of their greatest work, recognising the short story as the perfect medium for both experiment and entertainment. An exhilarating collection.
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