Angels Over Elsinore

Clive James

2010 Nominee

Costa Poetry Award

25 March 2011
112 pages


Clive James, a brilliant prose stylist, was also a naturally gifted poet, and Angels Over Elsinore is one of his most accomplished collections.

From reminiscences of his Australian childhood and elegies for friends and family to hilarious observations on the state of the language in the twenty-first century and reflections on art, metaphysics, science and faith, Angels Over Elsinore is simultaneously witty, passionate and provocative. Fired by the same energy and rigorous intelligence as his prose, his verse displays a breathtaking range – but for all its dazzling variety, one theme sings through James’s inexhaustible fascination with his fellow humans.

Touching, elegant and insightful, James's skilful turn of phrase is deceptively easy and his love of language evident.