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

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

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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 Containing both published and unpublished work, there is writing here on a wide variety of subjects and in every shade, from dark to light.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. 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 Comprising extracts from an unpublished memoir, reviews, essays, and other short pieces, candid episodes from her life story are combined with unstuffy comment on the writing of poetry, education –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 and self-deprecating, Cope ruminates with brisk common sense, wisdom, wry humour and sensitivity on such topics as poetry as an aid to timing the boiling of an egg, the plight of the television critic, and everyday life.
~ The Good Book Guide

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- recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope's lightness of touch.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

Reviews

'funny, fearless and unflinchingly truthful' Times Literary Supplement - Books of the Years 2014

'thought-provoking and inspiring' Independent on Sunday - Books of the Year 2014

'entertaining and moving, with appeal far beyond stalwart Cope fans... Life, Love and The Archers begins poignantly with hints of humour ... with the final section prompting several mortifying laugh-out-loud-on-public-transport incidents' Independent on Sunday

'This anthology of prose from Britain's best-loved poet is wonderful, wistful and has some wisecracking one-liners' Tatler

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

9th April 2015

Author

Wendy Cope

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Publisher

Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Literary Fiction
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Prose: non-fiction

ISBN

9781444795387

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