To a Fault by Nick Laird
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To a Fault
By Nick Laird

To a Fault

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To a Fault by Nick Laird

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Felix Dennis Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection 2005.

Book Description

In this impressive debut, Nick Laird explores the sharp edge of relationships, from the intimacy of lovers to the brutality of political violence. Journeying between his native Ulster and his adopted London, he balances ideas of home and flight, the need for belonging and the need to remain outside. Formally deft, rhetorically fresh, these poems never shy from difficult choices, exploring cruelty and vengeance wherever they may be found: in love, in work and against political backdrops. But these are brave, resolute writings that resist despair at all times, affirming instead the need to rebuild and to right oneself, to dust down and carry on.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571223824
ISBN-10: 0571223826
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 5mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Nick Laird

Go Giants by Nick Laird Go Giants, Paperback (November 2015)

Nick Laird's poetry travels yet further afield, connecting the shores of his native Northern Ireland with those of the American east coast where he spends increasing time. This title features a trans-Atlantic fusion, an inventive melding of Ulster lyricism with proto-Beat rhythms and phrase.

On Purpose by Nick Laird On Purpose, Paperback (December 2012)

"Laird's ear for 'smallish lexical mercies' yields superb lines."-Stephen Burt, New York Times Book Review

Shropshire Lad and Other Poems by Nick Laird Shropshire Lad and Other Poems, Paperback (July 2010)

'What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those?' In this collection, the author's poems, including "To an Athlete Dying Young", "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now" and "When I Was One-and-Twenty", conjure up a potent and idyllic rural world imbued with a poignant sense of loss and sadness.

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Author Biography - Nick Laird

Nick Laird was born in 1975 in Co. Tyrone, and studied English at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Quiller-Couch Award for creative writing. His debut collection, To a Fault (2005), won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize; his second, On Purpose (2007), the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He is the author of two novels and lives in London.

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