Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9780571284054
No of pages: 64

Dear Boy


Dear Boy is the dramatic and inventive debut by Emily Berry. These characterful, intelligent and darkly witty poems explore lives lived strangely in unusual worlds, through a series of deft and seductive soliloquies.

In a collection with a taste for ventriloquy and wickedness, and a flair for vocal cross-dressing, the balance of power is always shifting in an unexpected direction - an ingénue masquerades as a femme fatale, a doctor appears more disturbed than his patient, and parents seem more unruly than their children. Eccentric, intimate, arch, anxious, decadent and sometimes mournful, the book's confiding, conversational voices tell stories recognisable and refracted, carried along by the undercurrent on which the collection ebbs and rides: the anguish and energy brought about by a long-distance love affair, which propels and terrorises and ultimately unites the work.

Poems and a Podcast

Recorded at the Faber offices in June 2013.


Categorised as: Poetry
Sub-categories: Poetry Anthologies
Awards & Prizes: Forward Best First Collection - Winner 2013; Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize - Shortlist 2013

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