Dearly: Poems (Hardback)
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Dearly: Poems (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages
Published: 10/11/2020

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Waterstones Says

Returning to her poetic roots for the first time in over a decade, Atwood produces a collection of remarkable range and theme, suffused with the seminal author’s shimmering intelligence and lyricism.

The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist and poet.

By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.

Before she became one of the world’s most important and loved novelists, Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognisable and celebrated themes, but distilled – from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend.

It is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784743895
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 285 g
Dimensions: 227 x 147 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Here we see Atwood at the height of her poetic powers - New York Times Book Review

A poignant yet playful collection of verse, about endings and departures, it is sliced with clever, sharp humour - Daily Telegraph

This collection of poems is a reckoning with the past that comes from a place of wisdom and control . . . You can almost hear her speaking voice, see the twinkle in her eye . . . wonderfully observed - Observer

Atwood's first poetry collection in over a decade is intimate, lingering delicately between the human and the natural, and this world and the next - New Statesman

She's become world famous for The Handmaid's Tale, and jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize for The Testaments, but Canadian author Margaret Atwood was once better known as a poet . . . this new volume brings together some of her favourite themes, from zombies, werewolves and aliens, to the passage of time and the most pressing political issues of the day - Evening Standard

She turns her eye to the past, to nature, to fantasy, to current affairs, all with the calm eye of a writer who has nothing to prove - Maria Crawford, Financial Times Books of the Year

Atwood is surely one of our planet's most priceless commodities - Goodreads Choice Awards 2020

Margaret Atwood has always been a poet; her poetry collections make visible the taproot of the wry wise metaphysic that runs through her fiction and essays, and in a precarious time her new collection, Dearly, is a source of uncompromising elemental warmth - Ali Smith, Observer, Books of the Year*

I finished this collection deeply impressed by Atwood's capacity for powerful, lyric description - Rebecca Tamás, i

A new volume of poetry by the writer of wit and optimism . . . Just when we needed her most - Gentlewoman

This whole collection stands as a mighty demonstration of how great poetry can embody and celebrate the sheer vibrancy and beauty of life, in the face of the most profound sorrow and terror. Read these poems aloud, read them carefully, read them with joy and tears; savour the raw power of their rhythms and assonances, and the sheer mastery with which Atwood, at the height of her powers, transforms anger and grief into glinting beauty and brilliance. And then ask yourself whether, if humanity survives, any future historian could ever find a richer, more courageous or more truthful account of what it was, and how it felt, to be alive in these times; and give yourself the answer - no, most truly, she could not - Joyce McMillan, Scotsman

Elegaic yet cautionary, Atwood's first new collection since 2007's The Door revolves around themes of mortality, environmental jeopardy, memory, feminism, and loss . . . Combining the wit of Dorothy Parker with the wisdom of Emily Dickinson, Atwood adds a steely grace and richness all her own. If there is beauty in despair, one may find it here - Library Journal

She's one of the few contemporary writers whose poetry and prose receive equal amounts of praise. Dearly, which collects her first new poems in 10 years, covers love and loss, humanity and nature. Also: Zombies. She's keeping us on our toes, as usual - Washington Post

Atwood, one of the most celebrated, decorated and admired novelists in the world, started out as a poet - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Poems, Atwood argues, aren't the rhetoric of the immediate; they emerge slowly out of human understanding's glacial melt . . . Here we see Atwood at the height of her poetic powers: her imagery made tangible with sound . . . The more Atwood wields specifics, the more of the world she skewers with her fantastically sharp imagination - Emilia Phillips, New York Times Book Review

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Vivienne O'Regan

“Discovering another aspect of Margaret Atwood”

While I had the ebook and audiobook editions, my thoughts about the collection are also relevant to the hardback.

My thanks to Penguin Random House U.K. Audio for a review copy via NetGalley of the unabridged... More

Hardback edition
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Manchester Deansgate

“A great poetry recital from a wonderful writer”

I really loved this book. I enjoyed being given a glimpse in to the writing process that comes through as you read.

Hardback edition
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“Inspiring”

This is a really interesting and enjoyable collection of poems, which I found inspiring.

Paperback edition
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