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Poems by Alan Ross
Book DescriptionCricket writer, author of acclaimed autobiographies, independent publisher, editor of the London Magazine, traveller, sportsman, Alan Ross was foremost a poet of high elegance, whose sixty years of work, from his commission in the Royal Navy in 1941 to his death in 2001, is selected and introduced in these pages by his friend David Hughes. Alan Ross's poems are always news. Indeed, he invented a poetic genre that extended well beyond occasional verse: poetry as a brief, intense form of journalism, easy to read, quick to stir response. He is reporter - cannier than most - from any front line he picks: battlefields of the spirit, convoys to Russia, post-war Germany, Iraq in the 1950s, South Africa in ferment, test matches at Lord's, the United States of the 1980s, his Indian birthplace and his Sussex homeland, but especially islands, those "interruptions of the diurnal". To convey public and private events, Ross sketches a shorthand of his own. At their chosen level, half documentary, half commentary, his images cast a cumulative light on the kicks and miseries of 20th-century war and love: running remarks on an active lifetime that outpace most prose.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843432241
(223mm x 143mm x 28mm)
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan Ross
Bandit on the Billiard Table, Paperback (June 2013)
An account of a summer journey in the early 1950s. It presents the author's descriptions of the landscape and local customs and more (including billiards, 'one of the great Sardinian occupations') that are interspersed with tales of a cast of characters who might have come out of Boccaccio, adding up to a memorable evocation.
West Indies at Lords, Paperback (July 2012)
Every so often a Test match offers such high drama as to transcend the series of which it was part. Such a battle was the second Test between England and West Indies at Lord's in June 1963. Wisden called it one of the most dramatic played in England. The author's eyewitness account amply evokes its excitement.
Cape Summer and the Australians in England, Paperback (July 2012)» View all books by Alan Ross
The author - distinguished poet, travel writer, and editor of "London Magazine" - also managed to excel in the role of cricket correspondent for the "Observer", in which capacity he followed England/MCC on tours of Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. In this book, he deals with the 1956 Ashes series.
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Author Biography - Alan Ross
Alan Ross was born in Calcutta in 1922 and spent his childhood in Bengal. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II and was editor of the London Magazine for forty years, introducing the work of writers such as Paul Theroux, Graham Swift, Hugo Williams and Allan Massie to the British public. His books include poetry collections, biographies, travel books and autobiography. He died in 2001.
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