Monday, 30 December 2013

Books of the Year

Here is a list of some of the books I've greatly enjoyed reading this year, in no particular order:

Where Did It All Go Right, A. Alvarez's brilliant autobiography of sorts; Roger Garfitt's wonderful memoir A Horseman's Word and his 1989 poetry collection Given Ground, which includes superb bird poems lamentably not included in Armitage and Dee's Poetry of Birds; Martina Evans's uncategorisable Petrol; Derek Mahon's collection Autumn WindOn Light and Carbon, Noel Duffy's second collection, which includes the fine 'Timepieces'; The World's Two Smallest Humans by Julia Copus; Emily Berry's much-lauded Dear Boy (not to be confused with Tony Fletcher's fine biography of Keith Moon with the same title); old collections by, inter alia, Blake Morrison, James Simmons and Matthew Sweeney; Karl Ove Knausgaard's many-layered novel A Death in the Family; Jean Spracklands's marvellous Strands and her collection Sleeping Keys; Richard Gwyn's limpid translations of Jorge Fondebrider and Joaquin O. GiannuzziForgiving the Rain, Lynne Rees's haibun collection; and so much more besides......

2 comments:

mattm said...

Where The River Goes deserves a mention - better do it myself! Happy New Year!

Matthew Paul said...

It does indeed, Matt - Allan did a very fine job in editing it and writing the introductory essay and the introductions to each of the poets. Happy New Year to you too!