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Wendy Cope - Author

About the Author

Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary-school teacher in London. Her first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986. In 1987 she received a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and in 1995 the American Academy of Arts and Letters Michael Braude Award for light verse. Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006 was published in 2008.

Featured books by Wendy Cope

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose - recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope's lightness of touch. Here readers can meet the Enid-Blyton-obsessed schoolgirl, the ambivalent daughter, the amused teacher, the sensitive journalist, the cynical romantic and the sardonic television critic, as well as touching on books and writers who have informed a lifetime of reading and writing. Wendy Cope is a master of the one-liner as well as the couplet, the telling review as well as the sonnet, and Life, Love and the Archers gives us a wonderfully entertaining and unforgettable portrait of one of England's favourite writers.

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose - recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope's lightness of touch. Here readers can meet the Enid-Blyton-obsessed schoolgirl, the ambivalent daughter, the amused teacher, the sensitive journalist, the cynical romantic and the sardonic television critic, as well as touching on books and writers who have informed a lifetime of reading and writing. Wendy Cope is a master of the one-liner as well as the couplet, the telling review as well as the sonnet, and Life, Love and the Archers gives us a wonderfully entertaining and unforgettable portrait of one of England's favourite writers. A book for anyone who's ever fallen in love, tried to give up smoking, or consoled themselves that they'll never be quite as old as Mick Jagger.

Family Values

Family Values

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1970

Cope's mordant humour and formal ingenuity are in evidence, even as she remembers the wounds of a damaging childhood; and in poems about love and the inevitable problems of aging she achieves an intriguing blend of sadness and joy. Two very different sets of commissioned poems round off a remarkable volume, whose opening poem sounds clearly the profound note of compassion which underlies the whole.

Other books by Wendy Cope

If I Don't Know

If I Don't Know

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2018

Wendy Cope's most recent collection, her first since Serious Concerns in 1992, extends her concern with the comedy of the examined life ('the way we have been, the way we sometimes are'), and imagines those adjustments to the ordinary which would fulfil our futures, or allow us to realize the golden age of five minutes ago, or weigh the 'out there' of the present moment, where what is in sight is also out of reach. These are poems of well-tempered yearning, conditional idylls which sing in praise of lying fallow, the creativity of daydream, the yeast of boredom, the truths of intermediacy. Wendy Cope's formal tact is alertly present - in triolets, rondeaux, villanelles, squibs, epigrams - small forms whose power to disarm goes hand in hand with her characteristically tart ripostes to the way things (usually) are. This collection extends the variousness of her occasions.

Anecdotal Evidence

Anecdotal Evidence

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Wendy Cope's first collection of new poetry since 2011's acclaimed Family Values, chosen as one of the Telegraph's 15 Best Poetry Books of All Time.

Anecdotal Evidence

Anecdotal Evidence

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

In her first collection of new poetry since 2011's acclaimed Family Values, Wendy Cope celebrates 'the half-forgotten stories of our lives' with compassion, wisdom and wit. Cope continues to be the most generous of authors, sharing her experience of childhood and marriage and writing poignantly about the passing of time. In several of the poems she reimagines Shakespeare in unorthodox fashion; in others she offers heartfelt tributes to friends and to public figures including Eric Morecambe and John Cage. Anecdotal Evidence demonstrates the formal brilliance and empathetic insight which have delighted readers for years, and shows why Wendy Cope is one of our best-loved poets.

Anecdotal Evidence

Anecdotal Evidence

Author: Wendy Cope Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2018

In her first collection of new poetry since 2011's acclaimed Family Values, Wendy Cope celebrates 'the half-forgotten stories of our lives' with compassion, wisdom and wit. Cope continues to be the most generous of authors, sharing her experience of childhood and marriage and writing poignantly about the passing of time. In several of the poems she reimagines Shakespeare in unorthodox fashion; in others she offers heartfelt tributes to friends and to public figures including Eric Morecambe and John Cage. Anecdotal Evidence demonstrates the formal brilliance and empathetic insight which have delighted readers for years, and shows why Wendy Cope is one of our best-loved poets.

Christmas Poems

Christmas Poems

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

For more than thirty years Wendy Cope has been one of the nation's most popular and respected poets. Christmas Poems collects together her best festive poems, including anthology favourites such as 'The Christmas Life', together with new and previously unpublished work. Cope celebrates the joyful aspects of the season but doesn't overlook the problems and sadness it can bring. With lively illustrations to accompany the words, it is a book to enjoy this Christmas and in years to come.

Christmas Poems

Christmas Poems

Author: Wendy Cope Format: eBook Release Date: 31/10/2017

For more than thirty years Wendy Cope has been one of the nation's most popular and respected poets. Christmas Poems collects together her best festive poems, including anthology favourites such as 'The Christmas Life', together with new and previously unpublished work. Cope celebrates the joyful aspects of the season but doesn't overlook the problems and sadness it can bring. With lively illustrations to accompany the words, it is a book to enjoy this Christmas and in years to come.

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose - recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope's lightness of touch. Here readers can meet the Enid-Blyton-obsessed schoolgirl, the ambivalent daughter, the amused teacher, the sensitive journalist, the cynical romantic and the sardonic television critic, as well as touching on books and writers who have informed a lifetime of reading and writing. Wendy Cope is a master of the one-liner as well as the couplet, the telling review as well as the sonnet, and Life, Love and the Archers gives us a wonderfully entertaining and unforgettable portrait of one of England's favourite writers.

Boosting Self-Esteem in Children and Adolescents

Boosting Self-Esteem in Children and Adolescents

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2014

You can't touch it, but it affects how you feel. You can't see it, but it might be there when you look at yourself in the mirror. You can't hear it, but it's there when you talk about yourself or when you think about yourself. What is this important but mysterious thing? It's your self-esteem! Self-esteem can have a big part to play in how you feel about yourself and also how much you enjoy things or worry about things. To understand self-esteem, it helps to break the term into two words. Let's first take a look at the word esteem, which means that someone or something is important, special, or valuable.

Time for School Band 03/Yellow

Time for School Band 03/Yellow

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Engaging and fun, this poem is about the school day and is written by award-winning contemporary poet Wendy Cope. * Engaging and fun, this poem is about the school day and is written by award-winning contemporary poet Wendy Cope. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * On pages 14-15, children can recap the different school activities featured in the poem using a story map. * Text type: A poem * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Funny Side

The Funny Side

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

In The Funny Side Wendy Cope, herself one of the funniest poets now writing in English, has collected 101 of the poems that have most amused her. Acknowledged classics of the genre are to be found alongside newer pieces, and the collection as a whole illustrates the great range to be found under the heading of 'humorous poetry'.

Family Values

Family Values

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2012

From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion, Wendy Cope covers a wide range of experience in her new collection. Her mordant humour and formal ingenuity are in evidence, even as she remembers the wounds of a damaging childhood; and in poems about love and the inevitable problems of ageing she achieves an intriguing blend of sadness and joy. Two very different sets of commissioned poems round off a remarkable volume, whose opening poem sounds clearly the profound note of compassion which underlies the whole.

Going for a Drive Band 07/Turquoise

Going for a Drive Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Wendy Cope, Charlotte Middleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

A beautifully illustrated anthology of Wendy Cope's poems, this collection includes well-loved classics such as Summer Toes and Into the Bathtub as well of lots of brand new, fabulous poems, which take us on a wonderful journey full of little adventures that will resonate with children everywhere. * Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type: A poetry book. * A map on pages 22 and 23 encourages children to trace the journey the anthology takes, recounting the poems as they go. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking part - developing skills of communication and participation; Art and Design: Portraying relationships; Music: Play it again - exploring rhythmic patterns

Two Cures for Love Selected Poems 1979-2006

Two Cures for Love Selected Poems 1979-2006

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

The idea for this book grew out of Wendy Cope's experience of meeting her audience, when reading her poems in schools. This is an edition of the poems which identifies the references, verse-forms, contexts and occasions of her work, and which offers readers a new arrangement of the poetry as a whole. The notes also identify dates of composition, so that it is possible to observe the development of her work. As well as drawing on Wendy Cope's three published books, the selection also includes a significant number of poems collected or published for the first time.

Two Cures for Love Selected Poems 1979-2006

Two Cures for Love Selected Poems 1979-2006

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2009

The idea for this book grew out of Wendy Cope's experience of meeting her audience, when reading her poems in schools. This is an edition of the poems which identifies the references, verse-forms, contexts and occasions of her work, and which offers readers a new arrangement of the poetry as a whole. The notes also identify dates of composition, so that it is possible to observe the development of her work. As well as drawing on Wendy Cope's three published books, the selection also includes a significant number of poems collected or published for the first time.

Heaven on Earth 101 Happy Poems

Heaven on Earth 101 Happy Poems

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2001

In this gloriously exuberant anthology, Wendy Cope sets out to prove that misery doesn't have all the best lines. Here is a collection of poems which are unashamedly happy: poems about love, places, the beauty of the natural world, about company and solitude, music, food and drink, books, and the unadulterated pleasure of taking a shower. Among the more surprising items are the Chinese Po Chu-I on the advantages of baldness, the eighteenth-century John Dyer on the kindly behaviour of his ox, and an unusually cheerful Thomas Hardy enjoying the sight of seven women laughing as they stagger, arm in arm, down an icy hill. Catullus, Chaucer, Clare, Dickinson, Betjeman and Larkin are among the contributors who help to demonstrate that people who believe that 'happiness writes white' have got it wrong.

If I Don't Know

If I Don't Know

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2001

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/1999

There are so many kinds of awful men - One can't avoid them all. She often said She'd never make the same mistake again: She always made a new mistake instead. (from 'Rondeau Redouble') When Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was first published, it catapulted its author into the bestseller lists and established her as one of our funniest and most eloquent poets.

Serious Concerns

Serious Concerns

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/1998

Wendy Cope's first book of poems and parodies, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, went straight into the bestseller lists. Its successor, Serious Concerns has proved even more popular, addressing such topics as 'Bloody Men', 'Men and Their Boring Arguments', 'Two Cures for Love', 'Kindness to Animals' and 'Tumps' (Typically Useless Male Poets).

Twiddling Your Thumbs Hand Rhymes

Twiddling Your Thumbs Hand Rhymes

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/1992

Beware of Jaws and meet Georgie, Thomasina, Serendipity the Snail and other characters in this collection of hand rhymes. Arranged in order of increasing difficulty, these rhymes are designed for use at home or in the classroom. Wendy Cope is the author of The River Girl.

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/1986

Offers parodies of William Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot, and Emily Dickinson, and humorous sonnets, haiku, and love poems.

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