The Last Hedgehog
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The Last Hedgehog

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'A national treasure' Daily Express

To mark and celebrate National Hedgehog Awareness Week, Pam Ayres has written a less-than-fond farewell from perspective of the `last hedgehog left on earth' - a delightful, hilarious and thought-provoking elegy to that most beloved inhabitant of the British countryside, the common hedgehog.

Pam Ayres' spiky and wonderful creation reminds us that unless we take steps to prevent it, they will soon be far from `common' indeed: beautifully illustrated by Alice Tait, the poem The Hedgehog sees our hero tell of all the terrible ends his family come to at our own hands - and exactly what we can still do to keep them alive, and see them thrive once more.

'The Last Hedgehog is a little book, but it's an important book and it's a profound book' Graham Norton
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Product details

  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 128 x 137 x 15mm | 130g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509881263
  • 9781509881260
  • 50,054

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Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life. * Sunday Times * Pam Ayres, the bestselling poet, writes as rhapsodically about the Wonderbra as Wordsworth did about daffodils. * Guardian * Pam Ayres has a quality of fun which glows ever more brightly as newer, lesser entertainers make their bid for stardom. * The Scotsman * A national treasure. There are clear comparisons between Pam and Sir John Betjeman * Daily Express * Her humour, which verges on the black at times, is contagious and so original * Daily Telegraph * When I say that Pam Ayres ought to be the Oxford Professor of Poetry, even the Poet Laureate, I am not being facetious ... Ayres uses simple verse forms - comic ballads or folk song idioms - to make poignant observations about tiresome husbands, gossiping wives, false teeth or battery hens.
I find her work sweet and sour, gentle and sad, and often very moving in its wistful way. * Daily Mail * The Last Hedgehog is a little book, but it's an important book and it's a profound book . . . It's sweet and wry and everything we'd expect from Pam Ayres . . . but at the end it gives the reader a bit of kicking. -- Graham Norton, BBC Radio
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About Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres has been a regular on television and radio since winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975 - on Just a Minute, The Comedy Quiz, Countdown and her own series, Ayres on the Air. She has authored many volumes of beloved and humours poems, which include 'Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth' voted into the top ten of a BBC poll to find the Nation's 100 Favourite Comic Poems. She performs her solo stage show throughout Britain and around the world and has a huge fan base in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Pam is one of Britain's best-loved personalities and was awarded the MBE in 2004.
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83 ratings
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