Margaret Atwood

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Narrated By: Margaret Atwood

Duration: 1 hour and 48 minutes

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Dearly: Poems is written and read by Margaret Atwood.

The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist and poet
By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.

Before she became one of the world’s most important and loved novelists, Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognisable and celebrated themes, but distilled – from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend. It is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.

(c) Margaret Atwood 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Poetry by individual poets, Modern & contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards), Narrative theme: Love & relationships, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss

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Atwood's first poetry collection in over a decade is intimate, lingering delicately between the human and the natural, and this world and the next

New Statesman

Margaret Atwood has always been a poet; her poetry collections make visible the taproot of the wry wise metaphysic that runs through her fiction and essays, and in a precarious time her new collection, Dearly, is a source of uncompromising elemental warmth

Observer, *Books of the Year*

Atwood is surely one of our planet's most priceless commodities

Goodreads Choice Awards 2020

She turns her eye to the past, to nature, to fantasy, to current affairs, all with the calm eye of a writer who has nothing to prove

Financial Times Books of the Year

Here we see Atwood at the height of her poetic powers