Selling Manhattan

Carol Ann Duffy

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1988 Winner

Somerset Maugham Award

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20 October 2016
80 pages
Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time


Duffy is magnificent, grounded, heartfelt, dedicated to the notion that poetry can give us the music of life itself


Accessible and entertaining, yet her form is classical, her technique razor-sharp. She is read by people who don't really read poetry, yet she maintains the respect of her peers. Reviewers praise her touching, sensitive, witty evocations of love, loss, dislocation, nostalgia; fans talk of greeting her at readings 'with claps and cheers that would not sound out of place at a rock concert.

Katharine Viner - Guardian