U.A. Fanthorpe

Berowne’s Book


Dimensions: 216 x 135mm
ISBN: 978-1-910392-13-3
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

Berowne’s Book

This book is written before Fanthorpe made her reputation as one of England’s most popular contemporary poets. “In 1974, having found that the way to get a job was to conceal my qualifications,” she wrote, “I contrived to be taken on as a clerk/receptionist in a small hospital.” “Poetry” she said, “struck during my first month behind the desk.” Her observations are accompanied here by some of her very earliest poems. These are hilarious, tender, profound and deeply humane. This series of snapshots of hospital life in the 1970s shocks partly because so much is immediately familiar today.

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