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40 Sonnets - Don Paterson

40 Sonnets - Don Paterson
 40 Sonnets - Don Paterson40 Sonnets - Don Paterson 

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Title: 40 Sonnets

Author:  Don Paterson

ISBN:  9780571329786

Weight:  449g

Collectors’ signed first edition, first printing



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40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

A Collectors’ Edition to treasure: 40 Sonnets is bound in a beautifully designed cover and will make a stunning addition to any bookshelf.

This new collection from Don Paterson, his first since the Forward prize-winning Rain in 2009, is a series of forty sonnets.  Some take a more traditional form, some are highly experimental, but what these poems share is a lyrical intelligence and musical gift that has been visible in his work since his first book of poems, Nil Nil, in 2009.

Addressed to children, friends and enemies, the living and the dead, musicians, poets and dogs, these poems display an ambition in their scope and tonal range matched by the breadth of their concerns.  Here, voices call home from the blackout and the airlock, the storm cave and the séance, the coalshed, the war, the ringroad, the forest and the sea.  These are voices frustrated by distance, by shot glass and bar rail, by the dark, leaving the ‘sound that fades up from the hiss, / like a glass some random downdraught had set ringing, / now full of its only note, its lonely call…’

In 40 Sonnets Paterson returns to some of his central themes – contradiction and strangeness, tension and transformation, the dream world, and the divided self – in some of the most powerful and formally assured poems he has written to date.

40 Sonnets won the 2015 Costa Poetry Award

Peer & Press Reviews

Don Paterson’s 40 Sonnets is what it says but more: variety in fourteen lines, and a wicked chunk of prose.  He makes you laugh, or fall silent for minutes before you read it again.

Tom Stoppard, TLS Books of the Year

Thrillingly varied…  [Paterson is] an immensely skilled poet of craft and restraint, who speaks with a stunning lyrical voice.  Reading this collection, you feel lucky to be alive while Paterson is writing about our world… he deserves to win every prize going.

Charlotte Runcie, Daily Telegraph

40 Sonnets is simply extraordinary: all life, human or otherwise, in 14 lines.

James Kidd, Independent

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title 40 Sonnets
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features As with all Faber Collectors’ Editions, 40 Sonnets has been printed on premium wood-free paper (on a small Heidelberg press) using the traditional lithographic method.  Each book is sewn and bound by hand, using a quarter-bound case of real cloth with printed front and back panels.
Overall condition Presumed at least Fine – still sealed in brown paper, as supplied by Faber (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Costa Poetry Award 2015 – winner

T. S. Eliot Prize 2015 – shortlist

Saltire Society Literary Awards 2016 – shortlist (poetry)

Griffin Poetry Prize 2016 – shortlist (international)

Book Stats
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date
ISBN 13 9780571329786
ISBN 10 0571329780
Format Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages 56
Size (h x w x d) 229 x 142 x 12mm

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