John Fuller - Author

About the Author

John Fuller's latest collection of poetry, Ghosts, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. He is also a respected novelist: his fiction includes Flying to Nowhere (1983), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, Look Twice (1991), The Worm and the Star (1993) and A Skin Diary (1997). His books written for children include The Last Bid (1975) and The Extraordinary Wool Mill and Other Stories (1980). The Memoirs of Laetitia Horsepole, by Herself (2001), is a portrait of the eighteenth-century painter, philosopher and femme fatale.
 

John Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Oxford.

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A Day in Prison An Insider's Guide to Life Behind Bars

A Day in Prison An Insider's Guide to Life Behind Bars

Author: John Fuller, Holly Lorincz Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2017

Twenty-four hours pass slowly in a prison. A Day in Prison will help new inmates understand what's ahead of them, hour by hour, and how to deal with the many challenges. From doing laundry in the hole to surviving a fight, this book offers invaluable advice for both prisoners and their families, as well as plenty of first-hand stories. Prison Coach John Doc Fuller illustrates what life is like behind bars from morning roll call to lights out, and a comprehensive description of the official prison rules and the inmates' real rules. The prison culture, detailed here, is maintained by violence; Fuller teaches inmates how to interact with convicts, prison guards, and administrators in different situations, so as to avoid bodily harm as much as possible, insisting prisoners embrace their new life as a cog in a system they cannot change. Fuller also offers specific suggestions for filling the hours in ways that benefit inmates in their daily prison life, provides meaning, and even prepares them for release. Also included is updated contact information for resources and helpful organizations. A Day in Prison is structured like an actual day in prison, tracking where in the building an inmate might be at any given point in a twenty-four hour period, what they should be doing at that time, and what to watch out for. This realistic, thorough guide is based on the author's own time in a federal penitentiary and his years coaching people--from soccer moms to NBA stars--on how to survive on the inside.

The Sonnet

The Sonnet

Author: John Fuller Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2017

First published in 1972, this book examines the sonnet, one of the most complex yet accessible of verse forms. It traces its history, concentrating primarily on its technical development, and fully explains the differences between the Italian and English sonnet. The study looks at several different kinds of sonnet, including condensed and expanded sonnets, inverted and tailed sonnets and irregularities of metre and rhyme, and concludes with a survey of the sonnet sequence. This book will be useful to students of prosody and English poetry as well as those concerned with the practice of verse.

Five Books

Five Books

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/05/2017

The Bone Flowers

The Bone Flowers

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/12/2016

`When does a poem end?' In this rambunctious romp of a narrative poem, John Fuller taps out the rhythms of life against the riddle of time: from his story of opportunistic art-dealer Old Billy Emerald and his fabled Shakespeare manuscript, to the ghosts of great poets and remembrances of old friends. The Bone Flowers is a resonant celebration of the things we leave behind - in art, music and poetry - as well as a stirring memento mori to gather our rosebuds while we may.

All Wickets Great and Small In Search of Yorkshire's Grassroots Cricket

All Wickets Great and Small In Search of Yorkshire's Grassroots Cricket

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2016

Nowt stops for cricket in Yorkshire. Passion runs deep, beyond those in whites, to the groundsmen, tea ladies, scorers and umpires who embody the game. All Wickets Great and Small is a romp across the landscape of amateur cricket in Yorkshire during the summer of 2015. Author John Fuller looks at the key issues affecting the grassroots game: the struggles to attract players, funding shortages, natural disasters and the social dynamics that can threaten a captain's eleven on a Saturday. What shape is the grassroots game in and can it still survive and thrive? From vicars and imams socking sixes in Dewsbury to heritage clubs hitting social media out of the park, this is the story of sleeves-rolled-up cricket at its best in the county that locals call 'God's own'.

AWOL

AWOL

Author: John Fuller, Andrew Wynn Owen Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/11/2015

Thor's Legions

Thor's Legions

Author: John Fuller Format: eBook Release Date: 30/03/2015

This book provides insight into the air force weather history from 1937 to 1987. Author John F. Fuller recounts the history of the Air Weather Service from World War II to the Vietnam conflict, introducing its courageous family of forecasters who provided vital weather support for the nation's armed forces and made notable contributions to the field of meteorology. It approaches controversial events leading up to the D-Day, Hiroshima and Nagasaki forecasts. "e;I'd rate the book a"e;gem"e; as a reference book, especially for weather historians."e; (H. Michael Mogil, NWA, June 6, 1944)

Handbook of ICU Therapy

Handbook of ICU Therapy

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2014

This popular handbook provides a practical guide to managing common and important problems in the critically ill patient, as well as sufficient background information to enable understanding of the principles and rationale behind the therapy without overloading the reader with detailed basic science. Fully updated throughout, this third edition of Handbook of ICU Therapy includes new chapters on coagulation problems in the critically ill, airway management, electrolyte and metabolic acid/base problems, optimizing antimicrobial therapy, chronic critical illness, recognizing and responding to the deteriorating patient, ICU rehabilitation, palliative care, neurotrauma, the comatose patient, the obstetric patient, endocrine problems, and care of organ donors. Authored by senior clinicians from both sides of the Atlantic, chapters retain the easy-to-read format of previous editions. Aimed particularly at residents and trainees starting out in the ICU or preparing for postgraduate examinations, this handbook also serves as a valuable refresher for established intensivists, anesthesiologists and surgeons.

The Dice Cup

The Dice Cup

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2014

`In the dice cup, then, life becomes not a design but a wager; not an adventure but a game...' Brimming with brio and brilliance, John Fuller's latest collection comprises exquisite philosophical arguments, dream visions, aphorisms, precise portraits, colourful fables and tableaux of life. But here too lie shadows: in departures and deteriorations, in a life balanced delicately between the known and the unknown. Taken together, The Dice Cup unfolds like a Chinese box of observations; wit, humour, pathos and playfulness entwine to thrilling and thought-provoking effect. It is a late, great work from one of our finest poets.

New Selected Poems 1983-2008

New Selected Poems 1983-2008

Author: John Fuller Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2012

This rich selection of John Fuller's poems, made by the author himself, is taken from his last eight collections and spans over twenty-five years of work. 'Everything goes back to earth,' writes Fuller, 'But first it must dance / Dance to exhaustion.' His poems, brilliant in their dexterity and virtuoso in their use of form, engage with a spectacular range of subjects, revealing a dark, haunted imagination leavened by moments of exuberant levity. Taken together, they form an elegant, enquiring and accomplished body of work, and one that confirms John Fuller as a significant and influential figure in British poetry.

Song & Dance

Song & Dance

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Jealous curses and hate poems, love lyrics and erotic dances: John Fuller has always written light verse, and Song and Dance is a boisterous and engaging collection, fizzing with intelligence and wit. There are tributes, and there are celebrations. Jokes abound in The Spellchecker's Guide to Poetry and the wine is poured for Florio Drinking Song . Befitting Fuller's musical ear, a host of rhythms beat time. Fans will fall on pleasingly intricate riddles and admire the high-wire gymnastics of unusual verse forms, including the inverted rhopalics of The Trans-sexual Circus . But behind the fun is some sharp criticism of literary attitudinising, and a climactic injunction, to dance while we can, preferably with each other.

W. H. Auden: A Commentary

W. H. Auden: A Commentary

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2007

Now available for the first time in paperback, John Fuller's Commentary is a compendious yet condensed reference work dealing with all of Auden's writings. For every poem, play or libretto, Fuller encapsulates the publishing history, paraphrases difficult passages, explains allusions, points out interesting variants (including material abandoned in drafts), identifies sources and influences, looks at the verse form and offers critical interpretation. Auden's formal and intellectual range challenges comparison with Eliot or Yeats, and his particular interests - psychological, anthropological, prosodic, theological, historical - lend an added resonance to the texture of his work, all of which is explored and interpreted, with exemplary lucidity, in this most essential of one-volume companions. 'magnificent . . . a model of scholarly engagement that is both rigorous and readable.' Paul Muldoon, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

Flawed Angel

Flawed Angel

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2006

Once upon a time in a Middle Eastern land, a fat, sweet-natured little boy grows up as the son of an important ruler. His older brother was apparently still-born and so he is the heir to his father's kingdom. But far away from the royal palace a lonely prospector happens across a wild creature, half boy, half animal, roaming the forests. Eventually this strange child's adventures lead him to the capital and into the path of a platoon of deserters from Napoleon's army - the flashy, ultimately dangerous, face of Enlightenment thought in this isolated kingdom - with drastic consequences. With original poems embedded like gems in the text, this is a fable for all ages, full of shivers and delights, sadness and wonder.

Now and for a Time

Now and for a Time

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2002

Throughout his long and prolific career, John Fuller has been admired for the way in which he melds levity with serious reflection. In this beautiful new collection of twenty-one poems he proves himself, once again, a true master of this art. They take us from birth to death: from a baby's first delightful babblings, to the dignified, measured words of a man surveying his life and marriage, and looking forward into the unknown. There are moments of great joie de vivre, of pleasure in the earthy things of life; and yet, beyond, there is always a sense of a vaster, more elusive universe. The snorting of the horses in a field in 'Dreams', the egret on the rock in 'Sentinel': these are nature's mysteries. To make sense of these, we have language and music. Celebratory, playful, reconciled to the questions that will not be answered, these poems exude a miraculous kind of peace and understanding: 'A point of closure that allows the next/Inevitable sentence to begin'.

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2002

John Fuller is one of the most accomplished, prolific and popular of contemporary poets. His Collected Poems brings together most of his poems, from his first collection, Fairground Music (1961) to Stones and Fires (winner of the 1996 Forward Poetry Prize), and enables us to appreciate the full extent of his remarkable talents. From his strikingly assured early poems - dramatic monologues and playful rewritings of myth and fairytale - to his more complex, discursive later work, Fuller displays his virtuosity with a wide variety of subjects, moods and forms. Here are fantasies, poems about nature, riddles and nonsense poems; tender love poems and philosophical meditations; sombre, wistful sonnets and the lightest, most charming songs. But there are consistent themes: romantic love, a potent sense of the physical world, and a constant shifting between exuberant irreverence and the yearning for moral and metaphysical truths. Throughout, the poems are steeped in humour and learning, and display Fuller's easy command of the of the whole scope and richness of the English language.

The Memoirs Of Laetitia Horsepole

The Memoirs Of Laetitia Horsepole

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2002

Discovered in the secret compartment of a North Italian cabinet, this enchanting manuscript may or may not be complete, and it may or may not be intended for posterity. Undeterred by these uncertainties, John Fuller gives us the early nineteenth-century 'memoirs' of Laetitia Horsepole, painter, philosopher and femme fatale. Shelley, apparently, came across this formidable woman, aged ninety, on his travels through Italy, and became her confidant and neighbour. Why, the reader may wonder, is she not better known? Why indeed? That long spell in Madagascar certainly interrupted her career. She was prickly and disinclined to ingratiate herself with the arbiters of fashionable taste. And then her virtual disappearance to Italy didn't help matters. But her obscurity gives added piquancy to the memoirs which - her idiosyncratic art theory and philosophy apart - are above all a dramatic eighteenth-century adventure in five acts which reflect her tempestuous involvement with the five 'husbands' of her life, from the brutish Crowther and the dull and the rich but louche Count Chiavari. Laetitia reflects on the vagaries of love and erotic involvement, on art and men, on flora and fauna, and reveals for the first time what actually happened in Madagascar. Shamelessly enjoyable, teasingly allusive, irresistibly funny and sometimes sad, Laetitia's is quite simply a brilliant and bewitching romance full of truths that lie deeper than fact.

W. H. Auden A Commentary

W. H. Auden A Commentary

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2000

This is an indispensable reference guide to the works of one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. W. H. Auden's writing is notoriously complex--full of puzzling allusions and shaped by influences as diverse as Old English poetry and Auden's own theory of psychosomatic illness. To help readers understand Auden's work, the poet and scholar John Fuller examines all of Auden's published poems, plays, and libretti, leaving out only some juvenilia. In unprecedented detail, he reviews the works' publishing history, paraphrases difficult passages, and explains allusions. He points out interesting variants (including material abandoned in drafts), identifies sources, looks at verse forms, and offers critical interpretations. Along the way, he presents a wealth of facts about Auden's works and life that are available in no other publication. The book is a major revision of Fuller's critically acclaimed Reader's Guide to Auden, published in 1970. It contains more than twice the material of that earlier volume. Fuller organizes the book on the basis of the individual collections that Auden himself originally published, with sections of uncollected work interwoven. Clear, meticulously researched, and carefully designed for ease of use, it is an essential guide for anyone interested in Auden's remarkable and sometimes elusive writing.

The Vintage Book Of Love Poetry

The Vintage Book Of Love Poetry

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/1996

This anthology is shaped not by literary chronology but by the timeless human drama it records: its five 'acts' move from speculation and COUP DE FOUDRE through the troubled endurings of love - its consummations, dangers, joys, perversions and abdications - to loneliness and memory. In addition, the poems are presented anonymously, so that Marvell's coy lady rubs cold shoulders unexpectedly with Gershwin's naughty baby; and complex psychological fictions are overthrown by squibs. John Fuller provides a provacative introduction to this uniquely expressive handbook of shared emotion.

Flying To Nowhere

Flying To Nowhere

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/1992

WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD PRIZE AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE. John Fuller's first novel opens with the arrival of church agent Vane on a remote Welsh island where he is to investigate the disappearance of pilgrims visiting its sacred well. While Vane looks for clues and corpses the local Abbot seaches for the location of the soul. Magical and poetic, Flying to Nowhere awakens our secret hopes and fears and our need to believe in miracles.

Look Twice An Entertainment

Look Twice An Entertainment

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/1992

John Fuller's brilliantly inventive fourth novel is a modern romance which playfully explores the world's need for illusion. On the last train leaving the Duchy of Gomsza, before it is seized by civil turmoil, three illusionists - an artist, journalist and a magician reveal their past failures in love and reasons for leaving. But it is th mysterious fellow traveller Jozef Pyramur who dazzles each man in turn with different versions of reality.

The Burning Boys

The Burning Boys

Author: John Fuller Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/1991

When David's mother is killed in the Blitz he moves to a new life in Lancashire with his young aunt Jean. As he watches the adult world around him, a fighter pilot wakes to discover his brutal disfigurement in a world he neither recognises nor remembers. The fragile link between the man and the boy as each experiences his own painful rite of passage is movely described in this powerful and evocative novel.

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