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Just in Case: Poems in My Pocket [Hardcover]

Charlotte Mitchell
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Book Description

12 Sep 1991
The many thousands of readers who brought Charlotte Mitchell's last volume of poems, 'I want to Go home', will leap on this new collection, drawn both from the author's two immensely popular BBC Radio 4 programmes, 'Looking Round Dangerously' and 'I Want to Go Home', and from her new programme, 'Just in Case'. This book includes many longer poems, such as; 'The Portfolio', 'The Lonely Widows' Club' and the poem from which the book's title was taken, 'Just in Case'. It contains all the poems from the new radio programme and, like its predecessor, is a witty and very perceptive commentary on the foibles of humanity. The charm of Charlotte Mitchell is that she is not afraid to express the thoughts that many of us think but dare not utter. Without malice or spite she exposes pomposity and insincerity, deplores materialism and laughs at bureaucracy. She laughs at herself, too - at her untidiness, her procrastination, her inability to make up her mind. Ranging from the serious to the trivial, her poems strike a chord in us all. We recognise in ourselves the weakness, the aspirations and the regrets that Charlotte Mitchell describes so vividly, and we feel with her the sense of outrage at injustice and deceit. 'I Want to Go Home' was in such demand that it reprinted within a few weeks of publication. "Just in Case" will undoubtedly prove no less popular.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (12 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285630601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285630604
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Mother's poetry 1 Jun 2012
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I feel compelled to write a review because Charlotte Mitchell was my Mother and she died on the 2nd of July 2012. To see that the only review described her poetry as 'whimsical' is so utterly mistaken and off the mark and merely shows the reviewer to be the kind of dullard that my mother had no time for- take notice instead of the far better description of it the product details. Her poetry spoke of difficult things clearly and simply - far harder than writing of simple things with a stream of incomprehensible verbiage. She captured the essence of the everyday experience of all of us, and that is a rare talent indeed.

She was a natural poet, in the sense that everything she witnessed and experienced. without her even trying would be examined and analysed and then distilled into the most wonderfully clear and concise, and, yes, witty (not whimsical) poetry that makes you feel communicated with and not quite as alone as before.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just In Case 11 Oct 2009
Well - written poetry, rather whimsical.Poems are interesting and/or amusing, and could be read out loud at gatherings, especially 'Just In Case'.
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