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The World's Wife

The World's Wife

'The World's Wife is a joyous exuberant book of poems about women usually excluded from myth and history' Guardian

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ISBN 9781447275244
Barcode 9781447275244
Published 1 February 2015 by Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback, Main Market Ed.
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Author(s) By Duffy, Carol Ann
Introduction by Winterson, Jeanette
Series Picador Classic (part: 6)
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ISBN-13 9781447275244
ISBN-10 1447275241
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication Date 1 February 2015
International Publication Date 1 January 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main Market Ed.
Edition Main Market Ed.
Author(s) By Duffy, Carol Ann
Introduction by Winterson, Jeanette
Series Picador Classic (part: 6)
Category Award Winning
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages 96
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 132g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.914
Catalogue Code 588426

Description of this Book

That saying? Behind every famous man ...? From Mrs Midas to Queen Kong, from Elvis's twin sister to Pygmalion's bride, they're all here, in Carol Ann Duffy's inspired and inspirational collection, The World's Wife. Witty and thought-provoking, this is a tongue-in-cheek, no-holds-barred look at the real movers and shakers across history, myth and legend. If you have ever wondered, for example, how exactly Darwin came up with his theory of evolution, or what, precisely, Frau Freud thought about her husband - then this is the book for you, as the wives of the great, the good, the not so good, and the legendary are given a voice in Carol Ann Duffy's sparkling and inventive collection.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for T. S. Eliot Prize 2000 (UK) -- Short-listed for Forward Prize for Poetry Best Collection 1999 (UK)
NZ Review Poignant, thoughtful, funny, rich and accessible -- Ruth Padel, Books of the Year Guardian These thirty poems vibrate with intense colloquialisms, physicality, energy, freshness and cheek. Many of them are very funny... the best are inventive, subversive and written with great rhythmical and rhyming dash Sunday Telegraph Carol Ann Duffy is a poet of skill, talent and great heart -- Erica Wagner The World's Wife is a joyous exuberant book of poems about women usually excluded from myth and history Guardian Duffy takes a cheeky, subversive, no-nonsense swipe with a dish clout at the famous men of history and myth. They don't have a chance in hell of dodging her quick-witted wallop as she relays their stories from their spouse's points of view The Times It sparkes with wit, intelligence and an impressive lightness of touch, while drawing on some weighty emotional experiences: loneliness, jealousy, self-loathing, desire, the fierceness of a mother's love -- Christina Patterson Independent She reveals the foibles of the great, the ghastly and the ordinary bloke and the sufferings of those closest to them. The result is a melange of history lesson, fairy-tale and modern-day domestic tragedy, with the occasional joke thrown in for good measure... Duffy's poetics are flawless - she never misses a beat, her pace is exhilarating, and her language is original and exciting Scotsman This book is going to be a hit, and can only consolidate Duffy's position as one of the most widely read British poets of her generation -- Robert Crawford Herald
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize.

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