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Julia Darling - Author

About the Author

Julia Darling was an award-winning British novelist, poet and dramatist. In 1988 her first novel Crocodile Soup was published and in 2003 her first full-length collection of poems, Sudden Collapses in Public Places  was awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Julia sadly passed away in April 2005.

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Indelible Miraculous

Indelible Miraculous

Author: Julia Darling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2015

This collected edition commemorates the 10th anniversary of Julia Darling's death, and includes a substantial selection of unpublished work. Jackie Kay writes: The poems are funny, irreverent, moving and never sentimental. You can recognise yourself in them, recognise your family. They are warm, full of compassion; [...] a shining bright light.

Crocodile Soup

Crocodile Soup

Author: Julia Darling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

'Perhaps it will be all right, I thought. Perhaps, when I go to work, there will be peace, and Theobald will stop jumping from foot to foot, and Eva will no longer be beautiful.'Gert Hardcastle leads a life of isolation cataloguing the Egyptian artefacts at a northern museum - until the First Letter drops onto her desk. That's the day she meets ballroom-dancing, iris-eyed Eva, and her careful, stilted existence begins to unravel.As Gert begins her strange courtship of Eva, she looks back on her eccentric, surreal upbringing - the rambling house with its resident Victorian ghost, her peculiar, telepathic twin, her father George with his family crocodile farm, and her beautiful, neglectful mother Jean, whose letters continue to disturb her peace. Award-winning novelist Julia Darling's classic tale of the search for love, identity and acceptance is funny, poignant and bizarre by turns, as Gert gradually learns that her journey to the future must go via the past.This commemorative edition of the long listed Orange Prize (1998) Crocodile Soup is a celebration of the work and life of the extraordinary woman that was Julia Darling.

Crocodile Soup

Crocodile Soup

Author: Julia Darling Format: eBook Release Date: 29/05/2015

"e;Perhaps it will be all right, I thought. Perhaps, when I go to work, there will be peace, and Theobald will stop jumping from foot to foot, and Eva will no longer be beautiful."e;Gert Hardcastle leads a life of isolation cataloguing the Egyptian artefacts at a northern museum - until the First Letter drops onto her desk. That's the day she meets ballroom-dancing, iris-eyed Eva, and her careful, stilted existence begins to unravel.As Gert begins her strange courtship of Eva, she looks back on her eccentric, surreal upbringing - the rambling house with its resident Victorian ghost, her peculiar, telepathic twin, her father George with his family crocodile farm, and her beautiful, neglectful mother Jean, whose letters continue to disturb her peace. Award-winning author Julia Darling's classic tale of the search for love, identity and acceptance is funny, poignant and bizarre by turns, as Gert gradually learns that her journey to the future must go via the past.

Poetry Cure

Poetry Cure

Author: Julia Darling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2005

'This book of poems is for all of us who go through illness, deal with doctors, hospitals, and experiences such as bereavement and ageing, and who struggle to find language to describe the suffering we have to go through. Medical language baffles and alienates us. It's a harsh, unforgiving vocabulary that often seems to bear no relationship to our own emotional predicament. In this uplifting anthology we see how poetry can give us metaphors and images to help us understand our feelings and communicate them to people around us. This is a book that should be in every waiting-room, and should be by the bed of every GP and consultant. It may inspire you to write poetry, and also help you to find order in the chaos of ill health. By giving us words, poetry can help cure us.' julia darling & cynthia fuller

Apology for Absence

Apology for Absence

Author: Julia Darling Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/02/2005

Julia Darling's first book, Sudden Collapses in Public Places, grew from her experiences of being treated for breast cancer; [it] helped me to step out of the difficult present and to use my imagination to be somewhere else. Her second collection looks at the world beyond the hospital, though still from the viewpoint of a cancer patient in the advanced stages of the illness. The themes are familiar, but here she writes with a wider perspective, a deeper understanding which reach out to the heart of the human condition and the greater mysteries of life, albeit in an understated way. This is a powerful and deeply affecting book, completely unsentimental yet charged with emotion - indeed, one of those rare books that have a profound and lasting effect.

Sudden Collapses in Public Places

Sudden Collapses in Public Places

Author: Julia Darling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2003

Includes poems about cancer that offer an insight into a taboo subject. This book is intended for cancer patients, their partners, children, friends, GPs, carers and their consultants.

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