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Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest
  

Let Them Eat Chaos

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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016.

Tempest argues that our alienation from one another has bred a terrible indifference to our own fate, but she counters this with a plea to challenge the forces of greed which have conspired to divide us, and mend the broken home of our own planet while we still have time. Let Them Eat Chaos is a cri de coeur and a call to action, and, both on the page and in Tempest's electric performance, one of the most powerful poetic statements of the year.

Costa judges' comment: “A magical book about now....indispensable, wonderful, a cry from the heart to a wounded world.”

Synopsis

Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest

Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices. Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are all unknown to each other. The clock freezes in the small hours, and, one by one, we see directly into their lives: lives that are damaged, disenfranchised, lonely, broken, addicted, and all, apparently, without hope. Then a great storm breaks over London, and brings them out into the night to face each other - and their last chance to connect.

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'In terms of visibility, Kate Tempest is currently way ahead of her performance-poet peers. Out on her own, she sounds like a woman who knows exactly what she's doing' -- Alexis Petridis Guardian


About the Author

Poet, rapper, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest is from south London. Her epic poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013. The following year she was named by the Poetry Society as a Next Generation Poet. In the same week her debut solo album, Everybody Down, a narrative driven hip hop record involving the same characters as the novel, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2014. Her most recent poetry collection is the acclaimed Hold Your Own. The Bricks that Built the Houses is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th September 2016

Author

Kate Tempest

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Author's Website

katetempest.co.uk/

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
80 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

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ISBN

9781509830008

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