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Anecdotal Evidence

Wendy Cope

Paperback simultaneous publication: national treasure Wendy Cope’s first collection of new poetry since 2011’s Family Values.

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In her first collection of new poetry since 2011’s acclaimed Family Values, Wendy Cope celebrates ‘the half-forgotten stories of our lives’ with compassion, wisdom and wit. Cope continues to be the most generous of authors, sharing her experience of childhood and marriage and writing poignantly about the passing of time. In several of the poems she reimagines Shakespeare in unorthodox fashion; in others she offers heartfelt tributes to friends and to public figures including Eric Morecambe and John Cage.

Anecdotal Evidence demonstrates the formal brilliance and empathetic insight which have delighted readers for years, and shows why Wendy Cope is one of our best-loved poets.

Critic Reviews

‘It's her tone of voice that I love: sharp but funny, warm and wise.’

The Pool, Books to look forward to in 2018
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‘Funny, melancholy and devastatingly observant.’

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‘At her best, Wendy Cope is as good as Larkin.’

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‘Wendy Cope’s readership, numerous and adoring, is the envy of most poets. Cope’s real strength lies not in charm or insight (she has buckets of both) but in the pitch-perfect exactitude of her writing.’

Sunday Times
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‘Her poems are moving, memorable, funny, clever; they alert readers to what it means to be human.’

PN Review
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‘Cope’s large subjects make for heart-pinching word-bites. Funny, yes (and some lyrics just plain lovely); also full of dark corners. Like Herbert, to whom she includes a homage, these poems say something true about our 'fear, our anger and our love'.’

Beverley Brie Brahic, Times Literary Supplement BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary-school teacher in London. Her first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986 and her most recent, Anecdotal Evidence, in 2018. In 1987 she received a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and in 1995 the American Academy of Arts and…

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Poet Wendy Cope, photographed by Lydia Evans
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