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As Far as I Know [Kindle Edition]

Roger McGough
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As Far as I Know is a wonderful new book of poems by Roger McGough, the nation's favourite poet



Take comfort from this


You have a book in your hand


not a loaded gun or a parking fine


or an invitation card to the wedding


of the one you should have married



Roger McGough's new book of poems shows him writing as fluently and inventively as ever. There may be a stronger strain of melancholy than before (the death of a regular in the local pub; the news that a daughter might be moving abroad), as well as a distinct sense of menace, small but insistent, which inhabits many of the poems. But there is plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too, including a scintillating series of haiku inspired by a London tube strike and a striking reworking of his famous 1960s poem 'Let Me Die a Youngman's Death', this time entitled 'Not For Me a Youngman's Death'. Who but McGough would characterize the butcher's window as 'the friendly face of the abattoir', or imagine the almost limitless ways in which we might go to bed?



A new book of poems by Roger McGough is always an event. Published just ahead of his 75th birthday, As Far As I Know is truly cause for celebration.



'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy



Roger McGough was born in Liverpool. During the 1960s he was a member of the group Scaffold which had an international hit with 'Lily the Pink'. He has won two BAFTAs and a Royal Television Award for his broadcasting work, and presents the popular Radio 4 programme Poetry Please. He has published many books of poems for adults and children, and both his Collected Poems (2003) and Selected Poems (2006) are bestselling poetry titles on the Penguin list. He was made a Freeman of the City of Liverpool in 2001, and received a CBE in 2004 for his services to literature.

About the Author

Roger McGough was born in Liverpool. He presents the popular BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please, and is President of the Poetry Society. He has published many books of poems for adults and children, and following the success of two previous Moliere translations his new version of The Misanthrope debuts at the Liverpool Everyman in spring 2013 before a nationwide tour. He was awarded a CBE in 2005 for his services to literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 205 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KKGQS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical 30 Aug 2012
By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Roger McGough's latest poetry collection 'As Far As I Know' is typically accessible, witty, nostalgic, linguistically playful, poignant, hilarious, candid, and at times unashamedly sentimental.

Starting with that final of these many listed and other attributes, the poem 'To Sentimentality' confronts this confessional frailty with charm and humour,

'Tears for the father giving away the bride
Tears for the snowman in the rain outside
Two Cs and a D and I'm bursting with pride'

McGough has always had the knack of wrapping the familiar and simple in pleasing rhyme, but also to make these everyday factors meaningful in their honest presentation and/or celebration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very profound and beautiful 4 Feb 2013
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Mr McGough's poetry in this book is touching, beautifully written and crafted. There is an eloquence to his considered use of words and the pathos in them. If you lover Roger McGough, buy this as a valuable addition to your collection. If you don't know his poetry, buy it anyway, you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poems 24 Dec 2012
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I am so pleased I have this book , some of the poems are exquisite especially the one called Grandma and the angels
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever 23 Feb 2014
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Gave it as a gift and recipient was thrilled - McGough still does it. He has always been a peoples poet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever 13 Sep 2013
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Roger McGough's insightful and humorous skill is as strong as ever. Even the front cover (and the eponymous poem) have a poetic ambiguity!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry 15 Aug 2013
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I bought thus book for my wife and she likes it a lot - as I do too. Roger McGough is a very funny writer. You can read and re- read his material and enjoy it every time.
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