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With Double Blade : Poetry So Sharp It Hurts When You Laugh

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Jean Gill's spiky humour makes you feel as if she's caught you on barbed wire and yet makes you smile about it'- Mike Sharpe, Haverfordwest Journalist
Strong, fresh, vivid poems from award-winning author Jean Gill, on an astounding range of subjects including adultery, AIDS and the Mexican Earthquake. If you crossed Wendy Cope's work with Sylvia Plath's, Jean Gill's poetry might be the result.

'You're starting to smother me, darling,

you're faded and boring, my dear.

It's my turn to play with another

and your turn alone with your fear.'

Divided into two parts, this new edition includes the stories behind the poetry, some personal and some about world events; always surprising.
'Moving and varied '- Dorothy Tutin
'Jean Gill brings off the rare feat of looking life squarely in the eye without descending into dreary cynicism.' - HS Milford Haven, Journalist
'The author is particularly gifted with poetry.' The Wishing Shelf Award
'An excellent collection - I enjoyed the sharpness and insight, the word-play' - Robert Nisbet, Downtrain
'Brings out feelings you didn't know you had, ' Claire Stibbe, Detective Temeke series
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 5mm | 95g
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 9791096459087

Review quote

'Jean Gill's spiky humour makes you feel as if she's caught you on barbed wire and yet makes you smile about it' - Mike Sharpe, Haverfordwest Journalist

'...cuts clean through the icing with a cynic's knife. No scalpel delicacy here, but brutal slicing through the rich cake of life, exposing flaws as well as fruit - Jean Gill doesn't give a hoot! Often, a verse that starts with saccharine romance suddenly bursts out and kicks you in the pants.' - Derek Rees, The Guardian

'Jean Gill brings off the rare feat of looking life squarely in the eye without descending into dreary cynicism.' - H.S. Milford Haven Journalist

'...the humour frequently has the effect of pointing up the stark reality with which she writes.' - Ted Griffin, Pause Magazine

'An excellent collection - I enjoyed the sharpness and insight, the word-play... strong, fresh, vivid poems' - Robert Nisbet, author

'A delicious book full of the unexpected. Highly emotive contents.' - Writing Magazine

'Moving and varied' - Dorothy Tutin

Praise for One Sixth of a Gill, Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the SpaSpa Awards for Literary Fiction

'A superb collection... so much variation in style and all equally brilliant.' Karen Maitland, The Vanishing Witch

'A FINALIST and highly recommended... The author is particularly gifted with poetry.' The Wishing Shelf Awards
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3 25% (4)
2 38% (6)
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