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A Scattering [Paperback]

Christopher Reid
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17 Jan 2009
Lucinda Gane, Christopher Reid's wife, died in October 2005. A Scattering is his tribute to her and consists of four poetic sequences, the first written during her illness, and the other three at intervals after her death. Shortlisted for the Forward Prize 2009, A Scattering is described by Adam Newey in The Guardian as 'A beautiful book... [that] performs the miracle of bringing the dead back to life.'

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  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Arete Ltd; 1st Edition edition (17 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955455367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955455360
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Heartbreaking... [they] exemplify the best of what Arete has published' --Lachlan Mackinnon, The Guardian

'An intensely personal and, at times, heartbreaking volume of poems' --Mark Brown, The Guardian

About the Author

Christopher Reid has written books of poems for both adults and children. His edition of Letters of Ted Hughes appeared in 2007.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this. 9 Mar 2010
I wholeheartedly recommend this collection of themed poems to everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved-one or who has yet to experience the trauma of such an event. Christopher Reid has shown that poetry doesn't have to be elitist or elusive in nature. Through an almost narrative style we share something of his sense of loss.

This is one of the most poignant, sad, emotionally charged and yet somehow uplifting collections of poems I have read. It is a truly passionate requiem for a relationship.

This book deserves the Costa Book Award and more. I cannot praise it highly enough.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 7 Mar 2010
I read the reviews from the Costa book awards and thought that I had to read this book. Reid writes sensitively and movingly about loss but not in a maudlin sense. The poetry feels fresh and evocative and, for anyone who has experience of loss, dares to put in to words what many people feel. I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost a loved one but I would maybe wait a while to read it.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tributes 27 Jan 2010
These poems are a tribute to art, love and loss.

Perhaps the strongest volume of poems since Douglas Dunn's ELEGIES

We are uplifted and redeemed by a terrible sadness. Highy recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 27 Mar 2010
By Archie
'A Scattering ' by Christopher Reid is tragic, but beautifully tragic. Coleridge said that poetry was the 'best words in the best order' and Reid does exactly this. There is nothign difficult about the poetry, but is is immensely moving in it's quiet, simple way. It is one of those works which makes you pause and appreciate all every person in your life. It makes you realise that life is hort and that we should appreicate every moment with those we know and love. It is a sad book, but one which should be read by everyone, regardless of whether they like poetry or not; it's tribute and message are simple, but they are thing which should be repreated again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Widow 's Thoughts 20 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
By chance I heard of Christopher Reid on the radio today and searched for this book. I am stunned by his perception.
I have been a widow for 8 weeks and he describes exactly the emotions that fill every hour of my day. Nothinokg cain ever prepare you for this time. No amount of sympathy or attempt at stiff upper lip can ever reach this grief.
I will hold these words so close as I travel on my journey.
No pious prayers or religious waffling could ever come close as far as I am concerned
Thank you
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought-provoking and moving 11 Jan 2011
By E. Seal
I knew that the subject matter of this book was surrounding the death of Christopher Reid's wife, but I didn't anticipate how uplifting and beautiful the poems would be. It was a thought- provoking and moving experience to journey with him through his bereavement and I came through it with a tremendous sense of hope. I would recommend this set of poems to anyone, the poetry has value in its own right, but especially for anyone who is able to contemplate the loss of a loved one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scattering 26 Jun 2010
A beautiful, scattered (yet perfectly cohesive) collection of thoughts, memories and beautiful images of the poet's late wife. Recapturing the last of her life, and the beginnings of his new one, and never at any point letting the vast cavernous depth of his grief taint the times he recounts. Stronly recommended - particularly for someone like myself, who didn't even consider herself a fan of poetry in the first place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving poetry 4 May 2010
By G.A.D-L
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A most moving collection by Christopher Reid, paricularly about the unexpected, catching times and places of bereavement. No self-pity - instead a celebration of Lucinda and the intimacy of their lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
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Published 11 minutes ago by Margaret Bignell
1.0 out of 5 stars The poetry is beautiful. Pity it is mutilated Martin
The way the poems are printed out in the Kindle edition, compared to the printed book is confused and difficultvtonread. The poetry is beautiful. Read more
Published 12 days ago by R Passmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious reading
Not for everyone as a very personal account but very moving and may be encouraging and helpful to others in the same situation
Published 2 months ago by L Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Death, Life and Poetry
Death, Life and Poetry
When my Mum died in September I felt an intense urgency to work on a poem that I had written the month before. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nadia Kingsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving read
Truly moving and beautifully erudite - inspirational and thought provoking. Most definitely not a light read though - the sequelae of a loving relationship exposed and lain bare.
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Alan G. Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars Touching
I found this selection of poems quite moving but not as memorable as the review I read in The Week
Published 4 months ago by Elspeth Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL.
Mr Reid...wow. I was introduced to this book about 1 month ago, and I can honestly say not many poems make me cry. But this collection had me feel so deep. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss Unique
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving and beautiful book of poetry
I read this book shortly after the death of my father, and found it very uplifting and comforting. His verse covers grief and loss and also the way the memories of his dead wife... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift
My husband heard one of the poems read on the radio, and I bought the book as a gift to surprise him. He was delighted, just hope it does not make him too sad!
Published 6 months ago by Carole Askew
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!
I've never read poetry before but hearing this on radio 2 impelled me to download it. Glad I did. The most touching thing I've read for a long time
Published 7 months ago by MRS B J MURPHY
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