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  • Gigby Simon Armitage

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 11.27

    A poet is a rock star without the sex'n'drugs, or the rock'n'roll. But that never stopped Simon Armitage dreaming, and in Gig , he explores how music and the muse intertwine in work and in life. Crammed with stories, anecdotes, jokes, absurdities, the odd informal homily, pitfalls and pratfalls (not all the author's own), Yorkshire life and death,... more...

  • The Poetry of Birdsby Simon Armitage

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 14.65

    Birds are the most obvious wild things we have around us. They are much watched and much loved, not least by poets. Bird poetry is as old as British poetry itself, and a remarkable number of poets have written poems about birds. Indeed some of the most famous poems in the language concern birds, from Keats's nightingale and Shelley's skylark to Yeats's... more...

  • The White Stuffby Simon Armitage

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.40

    Abbie Fenton wants a baby. Her husband Felix, not unaware of the thunderous ticking of Abbie's biological clock, wants to oblige but their home has still to be blessed. Cue the usual round of doctors, tests, probes and scans - all to no avail. So Abbie - adopted at birth - decides that if she can't have a child then she must at least discover whose... more...

  • All Points Northby Simon Armitage

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 11.27

    All Points North is part-memoir and part-excursion. Charting the rugged and uneven terrain of a writer's formative years - from tax problems to probation to American tours, football to family to running away to Iceland - Simon Armitage explores growing up and being Northern. It's about humour, language, writing, film, houses, homes, time wasters,... more...

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kidby Simon Armitage

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 25.00

    From one of the most important British poets at work today comes a brilliant new collection that meditates on human battles past and present, on youth and age, on monsters and underdogs, on the life of nations and the individual heart. In Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid , we meet a writer who speaks naturally, and with frankness and restraint,... more...

  • Kidby Simon Armitage; Simon Armitage and Sue Roberts

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 11.66

    Kid gives us one of the liveliest poetic voices to have emerged in the last ten years. Simon Armitage's inspired ear for the demotic and his ability to deal with subjects that many poets turn their backs on have marked him as a poet of originality and force. more...

  • Homer's Odysseyby Simon Armitage; Simon Armitage and Sue Roberts

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.53

    Originally commissioned for BBC Radio, Simon Armitage recasts Homer's epic as a series of dramatic dialogues. His version bristles with the economy, wit and guile that we have come to expect from one of the most individual voices of his generation. more...

  • The Universal Home Doctorby Simon Armitage; Simon Armitage and Sue Roberts

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 10.20

    As the title implies, Simon Armitage's flesh-and-blood account of numerous personal journeys reads like a private encyclopaedia of emotion and health. Vivid and engaged, the poems range from the rainforests of South America to the deserts of Western Australia, but are set against the ultimate and most intimate of all landscapes, the human body. Equally,... more...

  • Cloudcuckoolandby Simon Armitage; Simon Armitage and Sue Roberts

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    From his home in a West Yorkshire village proverbially associated with cuckoos, Simon Armitage has been probing the night sky with the aid of a powerful Russian telescope. The sequence of eighty-eight poems at the heart of CloudCuckooLand springs from this preoccupation, each poem receiving its title from one of the constellations, while turning... more...

  • Book of Matchesby Simon Armitage; Simon Armitage and Sue Roberts

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    'A firework display of technique, versatility and passion.' Independent on Sunday 'The crafted sincerity of this potent, lyrical collection, in which an absolutely contemporary voice concisely expresses common concerns, is everything that poetry should be.' Times Literary Supplement 'The first poet of serious artistic intent since Philip Larkin... more...