A lower priced version of this book is available
Save £3.99 (33%) by choosing the Kindle Edition.
Kindle price
Paperback price

Save <span class="a-color-price">£3.99 (33%)</span> by choosing the Kindle Edition. Read now with the free Kindle app
Available on iOS, Android, Mac & PC.
  • RRP: £12.00
  • You Save: £1.37 (11%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Being Human has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by rewbs-books
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: USED, clean and in Stock, but has very slight creasing to corner of back cover and last few pages. All orders received before 3pm Mon-Fri for same day dispatch by first class post, for UK orders expected delivery 1-3 days. 1B29H
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Being Human Paperback – 25 Mar 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
£7.45 £4.36
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • Being Human
  • +
  • Being Alive : the sequel to Staying Alive
  • +
  • Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
Total price: £30.60
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Only on Amazon: One product for every need Only on Amazon: New Releases

Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852248092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852248093
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description


'Astley is wonderful at selecting poems with the kind of talismanic lines that really speak to people... Not only are the poems clustered by broad theme, with a lively introduction to each section by Astley, but within those groupings they speak to each other, in substance or across time…This collection certainly continues the excellent work of its predecessors, bringing new work and poets to audiences, and drawing new readers to poetry, and at a mere £12 for 500 poems, no one will be deterred from taking a risk. Being Human is stimulating, inspiring, intelligent, witty and life-affirming, the perfect companion on a journey, literal and otherwise.' --Peggy Hughes, Scotland on Sunday

'This is not one of those controversial "best of" anthologies but one that expands our definition of greatness to encompass a multiplicity of styles, voices and cultures. Astley aims to introduce poetry to new readers and new poets to seasoned readers. It is difficult to imagine all but the most hardened philistines not being touched and inspired by this wonderful assembly of poems.' --Bernardine Evaristo, The Times

'A book that makes the heart sing, which shows that the best of today's poetry…is a joy to behold, "charged", as Ezra Pound said, "with meaning to the utmost degree". Being Human, which runs to more than 500 pages, offers a glut of poetry from across the globe and, in so doing, renders redundant the "difficult" tag which so dogs the art. Above all it is a celebration of our capacity to embrace whatever's thrown at us… But subjects do not make poems, poets do. Astley's taste is catholic and inclusive and drawn to those who write with lyrical clarity and a keen eye… Being Human is not easy to summarise. It is a poetic Babel, a library in one volume.' --Alan Taylor, The Herald (Scotland)


"Being Human" is the third book in the "Staying Alive" poetry trilogy. "Staying Alive" and its sequel "Being Alive" have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. "Being Human" is a companion volume to those two books - a world poetry anthology offering an even broader, international selection of 'real poems for unreal times'. The range of poetry here complements that of the first two anthologies: hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; more of the greatest poems of the 20th century; and, also many recent poems of rare imaginative power from the first decade of the 21st century.But this book is also rare in reflecting the concerns of readers from all walks of life. Such has been the appeal of "Staying Alive" and "Being Alive" that many people have written not only to express their appreciation of these books, but also to share poems which have been important in their own lives. "Being Human" has benefited from this highly unusual publisher's mailbag, including many talismanic personal survival poems suggested by our readers.

See all Product description

25 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Read reviews that mention

Showing 1-8 of 25 reviews

17 April 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
11 June 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
10 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
6 November 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
15 January 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
13 March 2016
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
26 November 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
12 September 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
21 September 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?