Black Country

Paperback (07 Aug 2014)

Save $3.22

  • RRP $16.64
  • $13.42
Add to basket

Includes delivery to the United States

10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 7 days

Publisher's Synopsis

WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE BEST FIRST COLLECTION 2014

*PBS Recommendation 2014*

'When I became a bird, Lord, nothing could not stop me…'

In Black Country, Liz Berry takes flight: to Wrens Nest, Gosty Hill, Tipton-on-Cut; to the places of home. The poems move from the magic of childhood - bostin fittle at Nanny's, summers before school - into deeper, darker territory: sensual love, enchanted weddings, and the promise of new life.

In Berry's hands, the ordinary is transformed: her characters shift shapes, her eye is unusual, her ear attuned to the sounds of the Black Country, with 'vowels ferrous as nails, consonants / you could lick the coal from.' Ablaze with energy and full of the rich dialect of the West Midlands, this is an incandescent debut from a poet of dazzling talent and verve.

Book information

ISBN: 9780701188573
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 60
Weight: 96g
Height: 216mm
Width: 136mm
Spine width: 7mm