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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144720204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447202042
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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' a perfect match for the primal Scottish landscapes she evokes and against which she explores human relationships . . . beautifully cadenced . . . utterly convincing . . . unquestionably a fine poet . . . she achieves a beautifully balanced classical simplicity.' The North magazine

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The Overhaul is Kathleen Jamie’s first collection since the award-winning The Tree House.

Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2012

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Another thoughtful book of poetry from Kathleen Jamie.
As always she strikes a chord with my own feelings.
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I heard Kathleen Jamie reading some of the poems from this collection on the radio, and felt very moved. The book did not disappoint. Beautiful, mournful, yearning and celebratory poems about the natural world. I'm looking forward to reading them many times.
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The collection's opening poem, "The Beach", says what I think happens when we read Kathleen Jamie: we are "all of us/hoping for the marvellous". And we are not disappointed. There is the gimlet eye for detail, the poet's sympathetic yet honest confrontation with the natural world, and spare, beautiful, lyrical poetry. In Jamie's hands, everyday observations become profound thoughts or provocative metaphors. She challenges us to see through surface observation and beyond apparent simplicity.
After being blown away by her earlier collection "The Tree House", I had been waiting with great anticipation for this one. And I did very much enjoy it. I was moved by many of the poems, for instance, "The Spider" which makes us shriek like silly children, which perhaps we are since "Who caused this rupture? ... Have you never considered/how the world sustains?". But I felt there was more darkness, or pessimism, (or perhaps Jamie would call it 'ruthless realism') to these poems which saddened me. It may simply be the result of intervening years and the poet's maturing vision. After all, the world she watches so carefully is not getting any better.
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Atmospheric, beautiful poetry. I have gone a bit mad as a result of this and bought anything I can by Kathleen. I love her observations... of the tiny changes and of the deeply profound. Enjoy! Her work gives me a taste of the wild wonderful places of these islands when I can't escape to them.
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This is a wonderful book. Share it with as many people as you can. Jamie has become a poet that I seek out. Each volume of her poetry shows gains in both creativity and technique.
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this wee book is a cosy blanket of lovely words and observations,,,, I think 'mindfulness' would best describe it. Ms Jamie is a beautiful writer
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Some of the poems are certaily good, more so for a person acquainted with her landscapes. I bought this book because the judges that gave it the Costa poetry book of the year price said that 'it would convert you to poetry'. I found nothing here that would warrant such a statement. And poems in Gaelic might be good but unless you can pronounce them properly, where is the music? Let alone the understanding. I had to use the Oxford English dictionary to sort out the numerous dialectal words.
I think that prospective buyers should be alerted to this need.
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Just get lost in her words. Her voice is visible. her visions audible. Thoughtful, present, almost smell the world she writes about.
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