Sunday, February 04, 2007


The British Library in Hyderabad has an annual sale of books they withdraw from circulation. For some reason, I've never managed to go to one of these sales before. This morning, I left in what I thought was good enough time, only to find a snaking queue outside the door to the (as yet unopened) library.

Within five minutes of getting into the room they'd put the books in, I had trouble holding on to all the books I'd selected. Cutting to the chase, this is what I picked (luckily for me, there was no scrum around the poetry table!):

Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion (about which book Martin Amis has very nasty things to say, I suspect with good reason.A review here)

High Windows - Philip Larkin

Collected Poems - Les Murray (the one with the elephant on the cover).

New Selected Poems - Edwin Morgan

The Spirit Level - Seamus Heaney

Selected Poetry and Prose - Wilfred Owen (ed Jennifer Breen)

1914 and Other Poems - Rupert Brooke

Moortown Diary - Ted Hughes

Zoo - Tobias Hill

Collected Poems 1956-1994 - Thomas Kinsella

The Dead Sea Poems - Simon Armitage

Transformatrix - Patience Agbabi

The Clever Daughter - Susan Wicks

The Tightrope Wedding - Michael Laskey

The Mechanical Body - John Fuller

The Weather In Japan - Michael Longley

The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You - Paul Farley

Approximately Nowhere - Michael Hofmann

Sixty Women Poets - ed. Linda France

Penguin Modern Poets Vol 2: Carol Ann Duffy, Vicki Feaver, Eavan Boland

Transfigured Night - William Boyd

Ways Of Belonging - Eunice De Souza

The Transfiguring Places - Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Two plays by Beckett; two Martin Amis; two Christopher Isherwood; two Conrad; the Claudius omnibus; two Civil Lines and a couple of other books.

links will happen later, by magic if it were possible. I feel exhausted now.

1 comment:

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