by Carol Ann Duffy - £9.99 Pan Macmillan (Picador) (2017)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781509852932 | ISBN 10: 150985293x
An early collection from the Poet Laureate, published for the first time by Picador.
As with her later collections, The Other Country takes its readers on a journey that is both familiar yet surreal. Escorting us to 'the other country' - that is, those places that we otherwise visit only in our memories or our minds - it blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, and as such, can be both playful and provocative. It is also, however, deeply intelligent, honest and thoughtful, with a deftness of tone and touch, and an emotional yet unsentimental openess that makes this one of Carol Ann Duffy's most vivid and remarkable collections to date.
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