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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; Main edition (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571243274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571243273
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
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About the Author

Norman Nicholson was born in Millom, Cumbria, in 1914 and lived there, with a single interruption, for the rest of his life. He was award the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1977, and the OBE in 1981. He died in 1987. His Collected Poems appeared in 1994.


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Norman Nicholson's moving account of his early life in the northern town of Millom in the post-Edwardian era. From his home above his father's clothing shop in St George's Terrace, Nicholson brilliantly evokes the people and places contained within the small industrial town sandwiched between the Irish Sea and the Lake District fells.

Nicholson describes leaving Millom for protracted treatment for life threatening tuberculsis. On his return he begins to write many locally and nationally renowned poems, plays and novels. Wednesday Early Closing ends: "I thank God for a lifetime spent in that same town".
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Norman Nicholson, the man who could have made it to poet laureate if he had lived anywhere other than this town on the southern tip of Cumberland, tells of his early years in Millom. A town built on a declining resource, Nicholson writes affectionately of his home town, a town I left when I was eighteen. It goes without saying that the writing is superb from such a legend better known for his poetry. This was a book that was serialised in my local paper over thirty years ago and a hardback copy will set you back about £80 so well done Faber for this 'find'.
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This book builds on Nicholson's 'Provincial Pleasures' a thinly-fictionalised 'Under Milk Wood Comes to Millom' which he published in 1959.

But WEC wasn't published until 1975, when Nicholson was 61 years of age, yet it only covers his life up to the age of around 18 - the last 40+ years are literally a closed book.

I has been suggested that this premature ending was deliberate - a kind of Wordsworthian 'Prelude' or Joycian 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' - that he's saying to the reader 'this describes how I became a poet: for the rest, my art must speak for itself'

Anyhow, it's a prose work written by an accomplished poet - and it very much shows !
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By derek on 15 Feb. 2017
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Good service and book as described
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By A on 7 April 2016
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What an excellent book
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