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Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose by Wendy Cope
  

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A collection of prose from much-loved poet, Wendy Cope. Containing both published and unpublished work, there is writing here on a wide variety of subjects and in every shade, from dark to light.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In this highly enjoyable collection, Wendy Cope brings her poet’s gift for observation and the well-chosen word to a range of subjects from the serious to the light-hearted. Comprising extracts from an unpublished memoir, reviews, essays, and other short pieces, candid episodes from her life story are combined with unstuffy comment on the writing of poetry, education – to which she brings a teacher’s perspective – reflections on love and marriage, ageing, and the capacity for appreciating small things. Self-aware, self-deprecating, understated and full of wry humour, this volume includes such topics as poetry as an aid to timing the boiling of an egg, the unique joys of the Molesworth books of Geoffrey Willans, the plight of the television critic, and everyday life, on which the author ruminates with brisk common sense, wisdom and sensitivity. Cope fans and poetry lovers will find much to relish here, as will the general reader.
~ Karen Howlett

Synopsis

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose by Wendy Cope

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prose - recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope's lightness of touch.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.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR WENDY COPE'S POETRY:

'Funny, melancholy and devastatingly observant.'

- Helen Dunmore, The Times

'Without doubt the wittiest of contemporary English poets.'

-Dr Rowan Williams

'Nobody can match Wendy Cope when it comes to writing about men and love.'

-Daily Mail

'That rarest of things: a best-selling poet.'

- Christina Patterson, Independent

About the Author

Wendy Cope

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.

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Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Wendy Cope

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Publisher

Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Poetry

Prose: non-fiction

ISBN

9781444795363

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