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The Lost Leader Paperback – 1 May 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057124307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571243075
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lost Leader by Mick Imlah is a brilliantly conceived new collection that resembles a lost poetic history of Scotland.

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'No poet in Scotland now can take as his inspiration the folk impulse that created the ballads, the people's songs, the legends of Mary Stuart and Prince Charlie,' proposed Edwin Muir. Yet many of the poems in Mick Imlah's new collection do take the most over-worn of Scottish myths as their apparent starting points, spanning the Wallace and the Bruce; the Bonnie Prince (pivotal "Lost Leader" of the title), Robert Burns and Walter Scott; whisky, Clydeside and football. Imlah's approach to this folklore is brilliantly fresh, a modern, sardonic but strongly-felt rendering of Scotland: from AD 500, by way of a guided tour of Iona, to yesterday at a Dumfries bus depot. And, as the chronicle reaches the twentieth century, the poems turn to friends and family - childhood reminiscences, elegies and celebrations - influenced still by sporting and military fantasy, the charm of history and the power of anachronism.

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