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Christmas Poems [Paperback]

U.A. Fanthorpe , Nicholas Wadley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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1 May 2003
This collection brings together the poems U.A. Fanthorpe has been sending out to friends as Christmas cards since 1974. Along with some previously unpublished poems, readers can enjoy her yearly output in its entirety. Here are a broad range of seasonal characters, angels and personified Christmas trees, and a variety of styles to match. She is witty and highly original, rethinking the Christmas story from quirky angles, to create her own alternative Christmas legend. These poems are celebrations of Christmas joy and love. Awarded the C.B.E. in 2001, U.A. Fanthorpe was the first woman to be nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. This is her eighth collection.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Peterloo Poets (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871471060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871471069
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,398,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'U. A. Fanthorpe is a national treasure. A new book from her is always a unique pleasure to be savoured for its truth, disconcerting obliqueness and even more disconcerting directness.' Liz Lochhead, Poetry Book Society Bulletin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born in Kent in 1929, U. A. Fanthorpe was Head of English at Cheltenham Ladies' College, and then 'became a middle-aged drop-out in order to write', publishing her first collection, Side Effects, in 1978. After working as a hospital clerk in Bristol, she was the Arts Council Literary Fellow at Lancaster, and in 1994 she was the first woman to be nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Her seven volumes of poetry are all published by Peterloo Poets, and her Selected Poems was published by Penguin in 1986. She has also written children's poetry for The Crystal Zoo. U. A. Fanthorpe was awarded the C.B.E. in 2001. Her Collected Poems (Peterloo) appeared in 2003. R. V. Bailey was born in Northumberland and has worked as cafeteria assistant, librarian, information officer, teacher, counsellor, and latterly as director of undergraduate courses in Humanities at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is the other voice in poetry recordings by U. A. Fanthorpe (Awkward Subject, Double Act, Poetry Quartets 5), and has published a pamphlet, Course Work (Culverhay Press, 1997) and a full collection with Peterloo, Marking Time (2004). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal present or general read 4 Jan 2003
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If you love or hate Christmas, believe or disbelieve passionately, or simply value short, pithy poems, this book will surely be a treasure for you. It's funny, irreverent and godly all at once. Can be given to the aged aunt or the stroppy brat in the sure knowledge that it will make both chuckle and feel it was written for them. I have bought 3 copies (and no, I don't know the author!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas with Fanthorpe 3 Nov 2009
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This was bought as a gift for a friend. The book is a slim but well presented volume. I knew only a little of the poet's work previously to this but there is more to the collection than meets the eye- it is thought provoking at a time of year when everything tends towards the formulaic. A good purchase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRATIONAL POEMS FOR CHRISTMAS 20 Jan 2011
By ALW
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FOR MANY YEARS U.A. FANTHORPE WROTE A SHORT POEM TO INSERT IN HER ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD. EVENTAULLY THEY WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AND PUBLISHED IN A BOOK, BEAUTIFULLY AND SIMPLY ILLUSTRATED BY A FRIEND. DESIGNED TO FIT INSIDE A CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD, THE POEMS ARE NEVER VERY LONG, AND ALWAYS MOST THOUGHT -PROVOKING ABOUT THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS AND GOD ENTERING HIS WORLD TO SURPRISE AND CHALLENGE MANKIND WITH HIS LOVE. THERE ARE ALSO SOME LOVELY SURPRISES - LIKE THE CAT FORGOTTEN BY THE EVANGELISTS!

DEFINITELY A MUST!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet 13 Sep 2009
By Sefton
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Elegant and witty gems. What a shame there will be no more.
C. Cooper
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice 21 Dec 2013
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Looking for new material for Christmas services. They fit the bill well. A great change from the tested and tried
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fanthorpe at Xmas 23 Feb 2013
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A very minor poet, but some witty and charming poems among them. I had met with Fanthorpe in collections of Xmas poems on the internet, and hers stood out among the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant poetry 17 Feb 2013
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something for all the family here - lyrical poetry, humorous & tender - a great little book to dip into when in need of inspiration at Chrsitmas (and all year).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 3 Feb 2013
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A wonderful selection of CHristmas poems all with a slight twist. As a Methodist minister I found this an excellent resource for CHristmas services.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book by a superb poet
Published 1 month ago by John Reardon
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collection.
An interesting collection, some whimsical, others with a deep spiritual meaning. The collection would certainly be of interest in those looking for unusual readings for Christmas.
Published 19 months ago by Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas poems
I had heard one poem read out on radio 3 so thought we would like a copy, and the book proved interesting
Published 19 months ago by Gjfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches the heart of Christmas
excellent condition and wonderful poetic style - combination of the everyday and the sublime with an emotional sense of irony to clinch the "deal"
Published 19 months ago by Mrs C King
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas poetry which is both breathtaking and fun
I love this edition of U A Fanthorpe's poems, because I am a real fan of her poetry anyway. The quirky drawing add a dimension I did not expect, and are delightful. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth S. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars A little book of wonder and thoughtfulness
This is a book of delights. The poems are both thought provoking and funny. Poems for people who think that they are afraid of poetry. Recommended (highly). Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs Weasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Poems - U A Fanthorpe
This is a slim volume of highly entertaining poems, which we saw while visitng an open garden and immediately wanted to acquire. Read more
Published on 4 July 2012 by N. Harvey
1.0 out of 5 stars your service
I should like to be more positive but having ordered 2 books by UA Fanthorpe at the end of December 2011 and not having received them yet leaves me feeling rather cross and totally... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by nessa hickish
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Poems - UA Fanthorpe
A delightful book. U.A. Fanthorpe made her own Christmas cards for friends, illustrated by sketch by a friend (Nick Wadley) and including a short poem. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Mrs. C. Greenwood
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