To a Fault
By (author) Nick Laird
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To a Fault by Nick Laird
Book DescriptionIn 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 DetailsISBN: 9780571223824
(198mm x 130mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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, 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, Paperback (July 2010)» View all books by Nick Laird
'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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