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Sudden Collapses in Public Places

Sudden Collapses in Public Places

by Julia Darling

Poetry Book Society recommendation

Julia Darling's first poetry collection is about breast cancer - but it is not in the least bit morbid, nor is it aimed only at women. In her words: Poetry gave me a voice to express the comedy and tragedy of my illness.

Anyone who has ever spent any time in a hospital or in a hospital waiting room will love these poems; anyone who has ever been to the doctor or felt ill or had to fill in a form will love these poems. That covers everyone. Here are poems about a difficult, scary subject, cancer, that circle around it lightly, on light dancing feet, and every so often whack you on the head. Oddly enough, Sudden Collapses is compulsively readable...

Jackie Kay

Observant, inventive, witty, wildly funny at times and wholly unsentimental. The sternest curmudgeon will be hooked by her blend of pragmatism, romance, anarchy and art.

Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times

60 pages
Published May 2003
ISBN 1 900072 91 2
Published May 2003