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.