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Poetry & Language Books

  • Assurances

    J. O. Morgan

    Product Code: CSEGD
    Paperback
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    J.O. Morgan's Assurances is the winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2018.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, it begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.

    Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are.
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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: CBQLW
    Paperback
    The Wizarding World journey continues . . . The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most of whom are unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second screenplay in a five-film series to be written by J.K. Rowling, author of the internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Set in 1927, a few months after the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and moving from New York to London, Paris and even back to Hogwarts, this story of mystery and magic reveals an extraordinary new chapter in the wizarding world. Illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.
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  • Hawthorn City

    Tony Williams

    Product Code: CBRHV
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    Gardens, grotesqueries, historical landscapes, destruction and darkness, all collide in Tony Williams' explosive new collection Tony Williams is roaming the earth. The poems in Hawthorn City record the tales we tell ourselves to make a home in the lives we find ourselves living. They are songs to family, to stone and outlawry and refusal, and to the fevered memory which reaches back beyond birth, past early modern witches and shepherds' songs, past medieval chronicles and Icelandic sagas, to the ancient city-states, homely and hellish, which part of the modern imagination still inhabits. Travelling darker and deeper towards the state which is both origin and grave, this grotesque comedy of a book intensifies into a bizarre, baroque vision of the world and our place in it.
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  • That Reminds Me

    Derek Owusu

    Product Code: CBQGM
    Hardback
    ___________________________________ `Heartbreaking, important and original.' Christie Watson, author of THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS `Derek Owusu's writing is honest, moving, delicate, but tough. Once you lock on to his words, it is hard to break eye contact. A beautiful meditation on childhood, coming of age, the now, and the media. This work is heartfelt.' Benjamin Zephaniah `Honest and beautiful.' Guy Gunaratne, author of IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY `When writing is this honest, it soars. What an incredible use of language and truth.' Yrsa Daley-Ward ___________________________________ Anansi, your four gifts raised to nyame granted you no power over the stories I tell... This is the story of K. K is born in London, but is sent away until the city is ready for him. So he grows up in fields and woods, with a second family. He is happy, he thinks. When K is eleven, the city reclaims him. He returns to an unknown mother and a part-time father. He finds friends. He finds love. He finds family. He learns how to navigate the city. But as he grows, he begins to realise that he needs more than the city can provide. He is a man made of pieces. Pieces that are slowly breaking apart. That Reminds Me is the story of one young man, from birth to adulthood, told in fragments of memory. It explores questions of identity, belonging, addiction, sexuality, violence, family and religion. It is a deeply moving and completely original work of literature from one of the brightest British writers of today.
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  • Can I Kick It?

    Idris Goodwin

    Product Code: CBHTS
    Paperback
    Idris Goodwin is a well-known playwright and poet, who is deeply connected with the milieu around the BreakBeat Poets series. Idris will do extensive touring in the fall of 2019 with the book.
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  • Fleabag: The Special Edition (The Original Play)

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge

    Product Code: BZUQE
    Paperback
    Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag, from fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition - featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team. In 2013, Fleabag made its debut as a one-woman show in sixty-seater venue the Big Belly, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's Underbelly. It was an immediate hit, going on to enjoy two runs at London's Soho Theatre, national and international tours, whilst picking up prizes including Critics' Circle, The Stage, Fringe First and two Off West End Theatre Awards, plus an Olivier Award nomination. The 2016 TV adaptation propelled Fleabag and Phoebe to worldwide fame, earning critical acclaim and further accolades including Writers' Guild, Royal Television Society and BAFTA Television Awards. A second series, nominated for eleven Emmys, followed in 2019, along with a sold-out run of the original play in New York. This special edition is released alongside Fleabag's first West End run at Wyndham's Theatre, London. It is introduced by Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, writer and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast.
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  • The Poetry Pharmacy Returns

    William Sieghart

    Product Code: BZORG
    Hardback
    The Poetry Pharmacy is one of the best-selling (and most giftable) poetry anthologies of recent decades. Now, after huge demand for more prescriptions from readers and 'patients' alike, William Sieghart is back. This time, tried-and-true classics from his in-person pharmacies are joined by readers' favourite poems and the new conditions most requested by the public - all accompanied by his trademark meditations (warm, witty and understanding, with just a twist of the challenging) on the 58 spiritual ailments he seeks to cure. From ageing bodies and existential crises to long-distance relationships and embracing your slovenliness, The Poetry Pharmacy Returns caters to all-new conditions while drilling further down into the universals: this time, the challenges of family life, and of living as a person among others, receive a much closer look. Perfect for the treasured friends, barely tolerated siblings, beloved aunts and revered grandparents in your life.
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  • Nobody

    Alice Oswald

    Product Code: BZMQA
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    This is a book-length poem - a collage of water-stories, taken mostly from the Odyssey - about a minor character, abandoned on a stony island. It is not a translation, though, but a close inspection of the sea that surrounds him. There are several voices in the poem but no proper names, although its presiding spirit is Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god. We recognise other mythical characters - Helios, Icarus, Alcyone, Philoctetes, Calypso, Clytemnestra, Orpheus, Poseidon, Hermes - who drift in and out of the poem, surfacing briefly before disappearing. Reading Nobody is like watching the ocean: a destabilising experience that becomes mesmeric, almost hallucinatory, as we slip our earthly moorings and follow the circling shoal of sea voices into a mesh of sound and light and water - fluid, abstract, and moving with the wash of waves. As with all of Alice Oswald's work, this is poetry that is made for the human voice, but this poem takes on the qualities of another element: dense, muscular and liquid. one person has the character of dust another has an arrow for a soul but their stories all end somewhere in the sea
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  • The Poetry Lover's Companion

    Nadia Hayes

    Product Code: BYYEY
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    A guided journal for poetry lovers, this book offers a place to write down favourite poems as well as inspiration for would-be poets to practice their own verse. Like similar journals for wine or book lovers, this book will act as a memory book of cherished poems as well as a unique record of a reader's personal taste.
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  • An English Anthology

    Leonard Nolens

    Product Code: BTBKP
    Paperback
    `I was born in Belgium, I'm Belgian. / But Belgium was never born in me.' So writes Leonard Nolens in `Place and Date', which captures a mood of political and social disillusionment amid a generation of Dutch-speaking Belgians. And throughout this selection we encounter a poet engaged with the question of national identity. Frequently the poet moves into that risky terrain, the first-person plural, in which he speaks as and for a generation of Flemings, embodying an attitude towards artistic and political commitment that he considers its defining mark. `We curled up dejectedly in the spare wheel of May sixty-eight', he writes in the selection's central sequence `Breach'. Nolens' poetry is haunted by giants of twentieth-century European lyricism, by Rilke, Valery, Neruda, Mandelstam and Celan, with whom he has arguably more affinity than with much poetry from the Dutch-language canon.
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  • Waitress in Fall

    Kristin Omarsdottir

    Product Code: BQMFV
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    For over three decades, Kristin Omarsdottir's poetry has thrived in the vanguard of Icelandic literature. Waitress in Fall offers anglophone readers the first substantial selection of her poems in translation. Spanning thirty years and seven collections - from her first to her latest - this is a wide-reaching introduction to a vital voice of contemporary European poetry. Kristin's work resists the sweet, the neat or the certain. Her poems delight in the lush mess of actual life, in its hands and fingers, lemons and clocks, socks, soldiers, snow, mothers, knives, nightstands, sweat and crockery. If the domestic is at the heart of the work, it is a domesticity tinged with threat. Something `clear and ominous' is taking shape between the lines. Images of placid mid-century housewifery confront a wildness pulsing below the surface, a womanhood at once natural and supernatural - of evening dresses woven from twigs, necklaces strung with worms, and socks knitted from saliva. These are surreal, unsettling landscapes, in which children lap milk from trees and car tires are `soft as skin'. But Kristin's poems are also full of laughter, sex, and love. They accept vulnerability as a condition of intimacy. Erupting `wherever thirst is ignited', they are not afraid to strike, to rage, recognising a right - a responsibility - to risk the necessary word, to `wound the language'.
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Whether you’re looking for powerful, poignant and stirring poetry, or rib-tickling rhymes guaranteed to get laughs, you’re sure to find the perfect poetry books for you in our stunning selection.

Classic favourites to treasure

Our range of poetry books includes timeless classic poetry, such as the works of Virgil and Homer, William Blake, John Milton and many more – not to mention the ever-popular works of William Shakespeare.

Modern masterpieces

Alongside our wide range of treasured classics is our striking selection of modern poetry books. This includes shocking war poems and thought-provoking contemporary poetry from the likes of Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney, as well as the wonderfully whimsical works of such poets as Michael Rosen and Spike Milligan.

Explore our selection for your new favourites

Discover your new favourite poems amongst our range of the very best poetry books. Whether it’s lyrical limericks, beautiful verse or epic poetic sagas you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it all in our selection of poetry books.

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