The Magic Hour: 100 Poems from the Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club (Hardback)
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The Magic Hour: 100 Poems from the Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 15/10/2020
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For anyone who wishes they read more poetry - this book is the perfect entry point.

People are wary of poetry, even though they use it all the time. Open a newspaper, eavesdrop on a conversation, and you will find quotations from Shakespeare, Browning and Tennyson, used by people who would swear they never read poetry at all. The words delight us, console us, remind us of moments of personal significance.

Charlotte Moore, a writer and former English teacher, has loved poetry all her life. Earlier this year she started a poetry reading group for anyone interested, whether they be poetry addicts or complete beginners. For each group meeting, Moore chooses seven or eight poems, now compiled in this book, all loosely linked by subject - from home and lovers to enchantment and death - and frames each poem with her own commentary.

The Magic Hour is more conversational and personal than a conventional anthology. Taking the reader on a stimulating tour of poems both familiar and surprising, it demonstrates how we can all benefit from adding small doses of poetry into our daily lives.

Publisher: Short Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781780724263
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I LOVED this book so much: warm, honest, informed, generous, original, funny and very touching. It is so various and redeemed from so many hidden corners, it would be difficult to think of an anthology more richly packed. Which of course makes it for me the perfect desert island book. And I can't remember anything of which I have thought, for page after page of surprise and recognition, 'I must keep this to hand.' * Adam Nicolson *
It is an anthology like no other, rich, varied, unexpected and very approachable. Never patronising, Charlotte's own commentary is gentle, informative and often droll... Arranged by theme, her choices range from mesmerising Old English lyrics to such contemporary stars as Alice Oswald... There are some terrific discoveries to be made: riddles, lyrics, ballads, sonnets and nursery rhymes; poems of love, grief, despair, celebration and joy. -- Sue Gaisford * The Tablet *
A beautiful collection, full of wonderful surprises and old favourites. * Clover Stroud *
The Magic Hour has the powerful charm and the heart-lifting sense of surprise and discovery of the best poetry and the best anthologies. I shall keep it near my favourite chair and give it to many. * Hattie Ellis *
An immensely enjoyable collection chosen by poetry lovers on a mission to share their enthusiasm. * Martha Kearney *
What really comes over is the great sunny enthusiasm of Moore and her mates, so that reading her book feels a little like sitting by her fireside drinking a cup of Earl Grey. -- Marcus Berkmann * The Spectator *
Based on her Tuesday afternoon reading group sessions, it contains a hundred poems accompanied by simple commentary, Moore's aim is to take any whiff of the classroom out of the appreciation of poetry, and she succeeds - springing, like Palgrave, delightful surprises (Charles Causley's Eden Rock, Ralph Hodgson's Eve) as well as reminding us of old friends. It would make a super Christmas present. -- Rupert Christiansen * The Telegraph *
It's a perfect volume for periodic mini-reads and I will be buying some extra copies for Christmas presents. -- Maggie Alderson * The Tablet *

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