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Rachael Boast
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6 May 2011

Rachael Boast’s first collection is dominated by astral influence and divine chance, by unseen or remote causes; but despite its celestial title, Sidereal is full of terrestrial concerns, the traffic and chaos of the human and natural worlds. Ultimately, however, it is the work of a poet who believes that we must also turn our gaze skywards to make sense of who we are, and these poems pursue their elliptical but inevitable orbits through a world where the earthly and transcendent are thoroughly interfused. Above all, Sidereal impresses through Boast’s lyric faith, which through even the worst pain and despair can still offer its clarities and revelations, and announces an important new voice in British poetry.

Sidereal is winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2012.


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (6 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330513397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330513395
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There's a fair bit of lying around on hillsides and tramping around harbours and, of course, star-gazing. A clever, lyrical debut'
--Independent on Sunday

`Another important debut was Rachel Boast's Sidereal (Picador, £8.99). Her quietly assured verse demonstrates its real sophistication in the intelligence of its commentary. To put it another way, she says such interesting things that you want to know what comes next.' --Independent

`Her quietly assured verse demonstrates its real sophistication in the intelligence of its commentary. To put it another way, she says such interesting things that you want to know what comes next.' --Independent

`Lyrical, lilting, full of rainfall and starlight (the title refers to the motion of constellations across the heavens), it is nevertheless refreshingly rigorous: curious, questioning, and shot through with mordant humour. Expect a great deal more from her in years to come.' --Guardian

About the Author

Rachael Boast was born in Suffolk in 1975. She currently divides her time between Scotland and the West Country.

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal 4 Nov 2011
By Cornish
Format:Paperback
ethereal pleasure.I enjoyed reading this collection whilst on a weeks holiday.
the time is worth investing.

You'll spend the hours considering all the sounds
Rain could be against the fabric of the tent:
the tuning of the radio, the static of a zillion midges
Hard applause,crumpled foil, the barking of a silver dog
Who wants sometimes just to stop and not have to go on.

there is mystery in this collection without losing the reader.

thank you Racheal.
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