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Family Values by Wendy Cope

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 7 April 2011.

From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion, Wendy Cope covers a wide range of experience in her new collection.

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Family Values by Wendy Cope

Cope's mordant humour and formal ingenuity are in evidence, even as she remembers the wounds of a damaging childhood; and in poems about love and the inevitable problems of aging she achieves an intriguing blend of sadness and joy. Two very different sets of commissioned poems round off a remarkable volume, whose opening poem sounds clearly the profound note of compassion which underlies the whole.

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

19th January 2012


Wendy Cope

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Faber & Faber


80 pages


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