A Move in the Weather Paperback – 27 Mar 2003
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"Knit[s] together, almost as a mosaic, and the book has a consistent tone which is elegiac but also delightfully physical."
About the Author
Anthony Thwaite was born in 1930. He spent his childhood in Yorkshire, the USA (1940-44) and school in Somerset. After national service in Libya he read English at Oxford. He then married and went to Japan for two years, where he taught English Literature at Tokyo University. Since then he has been a BBC radio producer, literary editor of the Listener and the New Statesman, co-editor of Encounter, and in 1986 was chairman of the Booker Prize judges. He is a literary executor of Philip Larkin and the editor of his Collected Poems and Selected Letters. He is a regular reviewer for the Guardian and other journals. In 1990 he was made an OBE for services to poetry.
Top customer reviews
This is delicious. It probably represents the final flowering of a not specially distinguished career. (Thwaite is best known as Larkin's biographer and his editor before the latest Complete.) These poems, some sixty in total, have been ripened over nearly ten years, and it shows. Only the last few 'spiritual' ones, ushered in by an elegy for his cat Kettle, represent a falling-off so far as I am concerned. (This old curmudgeon doesn't hold with the spirit.) I look forward to the anthology of the over-seventies (Fleur Adcock, Alan Brownjohn, Clive James, Lotte Kramer (now 'on the Underground'!), the late Peter Porter) that is surely in prospect as we speak