Risky Business

Risky Business : People, Pastimes, Poker and Books

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Al Alvarez's writing career has come in many guises. One of the most influential post-war critics, he has written profoundly and eloquently about writers and their craft for over fifty years. As the Observer's poetry editor he introduced British readers to the new poetry of the fifties and sixties, most famously of course to the poetry of Sylvia Plath. But Alvarez has also been a passionate amateur of risky pursuits - poker playing, mountaineering, flying in old aeroplanes - and he has written about these subjects with a rare depth, liveliness and perception. Risky Business is a selection of Alvarez's finest essays. Ranging from trenchant literary criticism to accounts of polar expeditions and poker championships, it is a sparkling and eclectic collection from our most unusual man of letters.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 34mm | 639.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747587442
  • 9780747587446
  • 2,173,663

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'If you want a reminder of what writing is really about, you have only to turn to an elegant little book of essays' Robert McCrum on The Writer's Voice 'Is there a more charming literary companion than Al Alvarez?' Spectatorshow more

About Al Alvarez

Al Alvarez is a poet, novelist, literary critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised non-fiction books on topics ranging from suicide, divorce, and dreams - The Savage God, Life After Marriage, Night- to poker, North Sea oil, and mountaineering - The Biggest Game in Town, Offshore, Feeding the Rat. His most recent books are New and Selected Poems and The Writer's Voice. He lives in London.show more

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