In 'The Swifts' and 'The Pyracantha Anthem' she marvels at nature, while 'A Patient's Prayer' and 'Litter Moron' offer wry views on Modern Britain. From the dog being afraid of the toaster to your son leaving home for university; and from the search for that perfect swimsuit to becoming a gran for the first time - Pam's poems are beautifully crafted, and her subjects the everyday and the universal.
Pam Ayres has established herself as one of Britain’s most beloved comic poets, her witty and wry reflections on life guaranteed to raise a smile or strike a note of resonance. This collection of fifty poems and sketches, some uproarious, others wistful, touches on subjects with which everyone can identify. Droll, perceptive and oozing benevolence, from the travails of lugging a heavy mattress upstairs defiant of space limitations, to the pangs encountered when a child leaves home or a beloved pet dies.
'When I say that Pam Ayres ought to be the Oxford Professor of Poetry, even the Poet Laureate, I am not being facetious ... Ayres uses simple verse forms - comic ballads or folk song idioms - to make poignant observations about tiresome husbands, gossiping wives, false teeth or battery hens. I find her work sweet and sour, gentle and sad, and often very moving in its wistful way' -- Roger Lewis Daily Mail
'Her wistful, funny and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life' Sunday Times
'A wonderful, wonderful book' -- Paul O'Grady
'Her humour, which verges on the black at times, is contagious and so original' Daily Telegraph
'A national treasure. There are clear comparisons between Pam and Sir John Betjeman' Daily Express
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 26/09/2013
Publisher: Ebury Press
|Publication date:||26th February 2015|
|Publisher:||Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
Pam Ayres, our much-loved comedienne and broadcaster, has entertained us for almost 40 years since winning Opportunity Knocks in 1975. Her series on BBC Radio 4 is Ayres on the Air, and she has also appeared as a guest on Just A Minute, Loose Ends and Saturday Live. She is one of the UK’s top-selling comediennes with her theatre shows. Pam’s poetry collections include The Works, With These Hands and Surgically Enhanced, and The Necessary Aptitude is her memoir of growing up in Berkshire during the post-war years. Pam has appeared three times for HM Queen Elizabeth, and was ...More About Pam Ayres