The Drowned Book

Picador Classic

3.49 based on 31 ratings & 2 reviews on Goodreads.com

With an introduction by Helen Dunmore

Come for a walk down the river road,
For though you're all a long time dead
The waters part to let us pass

The way we'd go on summer nights
In the times we were children
And thought we were lovers.

The Drowned Book is a work of memory, commemoration and loss, dominated by elegies for those the author has loved and admired. Sean O'Brien's exquisite collection is powerfully affecting, sad and often deeply funny; but it is also a dramatically compelling book - disquieting, even - and full of warnings. As the book unfolds, O'Brien's verse occupies an increasingly dark, subterranean territory - where the waters are rising, threatening to overwhelm and ruin the world above.

Winner of both the T. S. Eliot and Forward prizes, The Drowned Book is an extraordinary collection, a classic from one of the leading poets of our time.

O'Brien's talent extends far beyond description . . . powerful, resonant and thought-provoking
Guardian

About Sean O'Brien

Sean O’Brien has written seven collections of poetry. The Drowned Book (2007) won the Forward and T. S. Eliot prizes. Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976–2001 appeared in 2002. His other work includes the book of essays The Deregulated Muse (1998), the verse plays The Birds (2002) and Keepers of the Flame (2003) and a verse translation of Dante’s Inferno (2006). In 2008 his collection of short stories, The Silence Room, was published, followed in 2009 by his novel Afterlife. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

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Books by Sean O'Brien

Afterlife
Afterlife
Once Again Assembled Here
Once Again Assembled Here
The Beautiful Librarians
The Beautiful Librarians
Collected Poems
Collected Poems
Cousin Coat
Cousin Coat
Downriver
Downriver
November
November

Books in the Series

A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Psalm Killer
The Psalm Killer
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
Trumpet
Trumpet
The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
With Nails
With Nails
Quartet in Autumn
Quartet in Autumn
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children
Quarantine
Quarantine
My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
Dispatches
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet
Essays In Love
Essays In Love
The Debt To Pleasure
The Debt To Pleasure
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
The Snow Geese
The Snow Geese
Unreliable Memoirs
Unreliable Memoirs
The South
The South
Scottsboro
Scottsboro
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
The Line of Beauty
The Line of Beauty
The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence