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  • Paperback: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (29 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857548787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857548785
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. Sophie lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She has recently written a new novel starring Hercule Poirot, approved by the Agatha Christie estate and due to be published in September 2014. This new Poirot novel has already sold to more than 30 countries. Sophie's website is www.sophiehannah.com, and you can follow her on Twitter at @sophiehannahcb1.

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Shall I put it in capitals? SOPHIE HANNAH IS A GENIUS. --Poetry Review

Sophie Hannah is a poet of considerable skill... A shrewd and accurate observer of the world around her, and of her own life, she is often very funny. --Wendy Cope

Sophie Hannah is one of my favourite young poets...she writes pithy, witty, poignant poems about love and relationships. --Daisy Goodwin

About the Author

Sophie Hannah was born in Manchester in 1971 and now lives in West Yorkshire. She was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge and a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Her crime novels are published in by Hodder & Stoughton. She has published three previous collections of poetry all with Carcanet, a book of poems for children. She is the editor of the anthology, The Poetry of Sex (Viking, 2014).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glasgow Reader on 5 Sep 2011
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I first heard Sophie Hannah read some of these poems a few years ago at the Aye Write book festival in Glasgow (I particularly remember "Rubbish at Adultery") but took a while to follow it up by reading any of her work.
Many of the poems are funny and light-weight, but her writing is lucid and direct, and a reminder that poetry is also about song and play, and our reaction to everyday, mundane things is also what helps define us.
I derived pleasure and enjoyment from reading these poems - and who can complain about that? I particularly enjoyed "Round Robin", "Astronomical", "Something and Nothing" and "Don't Say I Said".
The collection contains 40 poems and was a "Poetry Book Society Choice".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By j.wiggins on 25 Jun 2013
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Good read, gave it to my brother in law for his birthday, he loved it and passed it round the family
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Callaghan on 22 Jun 2011
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Like all of Sophie Hannah's books I find myself staying up all night to finish them. This collection was no different
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne T on 21 Nov 2010
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I loved this book, massive fan of Sophie Hannah's fictional writing and this book shows a different side to her completely. I particularly like the poems Don't Say I Said and How I Feel Now, very moving.
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By Love Books VINE VOICE on 22 Mar 2014
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I hadn't read Sophie Hannah's poetry before, but heard her talking on the radio and thought I'd give her a go. I absolutely loved this compilation. Witty, modern and laugh out loud funny. Shocking in places. Brilliant.
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