Poetry, Drama & Criticism Books
The Armistice of 1918 brought ceasefire to the war on the Western Front, but 'the Great War' would not as hoped be 'the war to end all wars'. In this affecting selection, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, guides us deep into the act and root of 'armistice': its stoppage or 'stand' of arms, its search for truce and ceasefire. In 100 poems, our most cherished poets of the Great War speak alongside those from other conflicts and cultures, so that we hear some of the lesser-heard voices of war, including wives, families, those left behind. These poems of war and peace memorialise the horror and the tragedy of conflict. At the same time, in armistice, they become a record of renewal and a testimony to hope..
Booksellers quickly learn that most authors come and go but there are a rare number who become part of the fabric of the bookshop, the ones who feel like friends. Helen Dunmore was one such author. Dunmore, who died in 2017, left behind a rich literary legacy; writing of great breadth, sensitivity and deep understanding of the human condition. As we celebrate her life and work, authors John Boyne, Louise Doughty, Helen Taylor and Fanny Blake offer their own tributes to a generous and influential writer and friend.
Verse has long served as the natural framework to address our impossibly complex relationship with both the world and our intimacy with each other. Within four very different works, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate’s David Lovely explores four very different methods of approach.