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Dearly

Poems

Margaret Atwood

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Chatto & Windus
18 November 2020
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2020 -- BEST POETRY The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist, poet - and cultural phenomenon.

Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Margaret Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognisable and celebrated themes, but distilled -- from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend.

By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in flux, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.

Dearly is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.

'A new volume of poetry by the writer of wit and optimism . . . Just when we needed her most' Gentlewoman *BOOK OF THE YEAR OBSERVER, FINANCIAL TIMES *
By:   Margaret Atwood
Imprint:   Chatto & Windus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   276g
ISBN:   9781784743895
ISBN 10:   1784743895
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   18 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. She established herself as a poet in the 1960s and has published sixteen books of poems, most recently The Door in 2007. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts in 2017, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Its sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019 and was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Reviews for Dearly: Poems

She's one of the few contemporary writers whose poetry and prose receive equal amounts of praise. Dearly, which collects her first new poems in 10 years, covers love and loss, humanity and nature. Also: Zombies. She's keeping us on our toes, as usual * Washington Post * She's become world famous for The Handmaid's Tale, and jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize for The Testaments, but Canadian author Margaret Atwood was once better known as a poet . . . this new volume brings together some of her favourite themes, from zombies, werewolves and aliens, to the passage of time and the most pressing political issues of the day * Evening Standard * Atwood, one of the most celebrated, decorated and admired novelists in the world, started out as a poet -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * This whole collection stands as a mighty demonstration of how great poetry can embody and celebrate the sheer vibrancy and beauty of life, in the face of the most profound sorrow and terror. Read these poems aloud, read them carefully, read them with joy and tears; savour the raw power of their rhythms and assonances, and the sheer mastery with which Atwood, at the height of her powers, transforms anger and grief into glinting beauty and brilliance. And then ask yourself whether, if humanity survives, any future historian could ever find a richer, more courageous or more truthful account of what it was, and how it felt, to be alive in these times; and give yourself the answer - no, most truly, she could not -- Joyce McMillan * Scotsman * A poignant yet playful collection of verse, about endings and departures, it is sliced with clever, sharp humour -- Sonia Haria * Daily Telegraph *


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