on 17 February 2012
I found this book gripped me from the start. Confirming some things I though I knew, illuminating areas I knew little about and flatly contradicting some misconceptions, the book is insightful, sympathetic and, of course, literate.
Here is the real Larkin - a poet I admired more than liked, revealed to be more interesting and accomplished than I knew.
This is NOT a collection of his poems - they're available elsewhere - but a biographical assessment of the poet.