The first volume of poetry I ever bought for myself , when barely a teenager, was 'The Mersey Beat'- Henri, Mitchell & McGough. I have bought a lot more McGough over the years, and they have never failed to delight. He remains accessible, frequently funny, but often with a depth under the immediately entertaining surface. I was also lucky enough to see him perform live a few years ago, and he seemed a genuinely nice man. This volume shows he remains undiminished: viva McGough!