Out on 29 November 2018

Tramp in Flames

Paul Farley

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2007 Nominee

T. S. Eliot Prize

2007 Nominee

Griffin International Poetry Prize

2006 Nominee

Forward Prize for Poetry Best Collection

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29 November 2018
9781509891832
80 pages
Synopsis

A Poetry Book Society Recommendation

Following the exceptional acclaim for his first two books, Paul Farley might have been forgiven for resting on his laurels with his ‘difficult third’ – but Tramp in Flames instead finds him driving his formal ambition and remarkable imagination harder than ever.

A book of considerable emotional daring and sometimes Wordsworthian sweep, Tramp in Flames is the work of a meticulous archivist of our cultural memory, and sets the palimpsest of the present hour on a light-box. It also shows Farley rapidly becoming one of the definitive English voices of the age.

Resonant without being flashy . . . lines that will stick with you for a really, really long time

Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Funny, observant, brilliantly musical . . . streetwise, erudite, elusive, but very accessible

Ruth Padel - Financial Times

Farley is one of our most vital and engaging voices. Even a title can twist at the familiar, commanding our attention. He has the knack of both establishing and undermining the securities of memory purely through turn of phrase

W. N. Herbvert - Scotland on Sunday