Sophie Hannah's first book was greeted with amazement. The Poetry Review declared, 'Shall I put it in capitals? SOPHIE HANNAH IS A GENIUS.' Each subsequent collection has been formally more inventive, thematically more complex, yet each has met with a similar welcome., and she has become that rare thing, an acclaimed and bestselling poet. Published for the first time in Penguin, this volume includes all of Hannah's best loved verses from The Hero and the Girl Next Door, Hotels Like Houses, Leaving and Leaving You and First of the Last Chances.
As well as writing psychological thrillers, Sophie Hannah is a bestselling poet and an award-winning short story writer. Her fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award. She won first prize in the Daphne du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story The Octopus Nest. Her psychological thrillers LITTLE FACE and HURTING DISTANCE were long-listed for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.
Sophie is married and has two children. More information about Sophie can be found at www.sophiehannah.com.