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The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie
  

The Overhaul

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Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2012.

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2012.

Having won and been shortlisted for multiple poetry awards, it is clear that Kathleen Jamie is a poet at the height of her craft. The Overhaul is a beautiful collection that deals with the difficult relationships between our emotions and desires. Embedded within the natural imagery is a drifting imagination full of wonder and curiosity, and combined with her mastery of form and technique, it suspends echoes throughout of the very essence of human experience. The collection deals with loss, change and isolation, but rather than remain complicit with this, it offers a hopeful, if not eagerly anxious, vision of a new future. Indeed, this hope strings the collection together and elevates the personal to a unified consciousness. It speaks to ‘all of us/hoping for the marvellous/ all hankering for a changed life’ (The Beach).

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The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie

Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2012.

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2012.

The Overhaul is Kathleen Jamie's first collection since the award-winning The Tree House, and it broadens her poetic range considerably. The Overhaul continues Jamie's lyric enquiry into the aspects of the world our rushing lives elide, and even threaten. Whether she is addressing birds or rivers, or the need to accept loss, or sometimes, the desire to escape our own lives, her work is earthy and rigorous, her language at once elemental and tender. As an essayist, she has frequently queried our human presence in the world with the question 'How are we to live?' Here, this is answered more personally than ever.

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a perfect match for the primal Scottish landscapes she evokes and against which she explores human relationships
... beautifully cadenced ... utterly convincing ... unquestionably a fine poet ... she achieves a beautifully balanced classical simplicity.

The North magazine


About the Author

Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. Her poetry collection The Tree House (Picador, 2004), won both the Forward Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead was shortlisted for the 2003 International Griffin Prize. Kathleen Jamie’s non-fiction books include the highly regarded Findings and Sightlines. She is Chair of Creative Writing at Stirling University, and lives with her family in Fife.

Author photograph: © Claire McNamee

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Publication date

1st September 2012

Author

Kathleen Jamie

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
64 pages

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ISBN

9781447202042

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