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The Unaccompanied - Simon Armitage

Title: The Unaccompanied

Author:  Simon Armitage

ISBN:  9780571333844

Weight:  472g

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The Unaccompanied by Simon Armitage

After more than a decade, and following his celebrated adventures in drama, translation, travel writing and prose poetry, Simon Armitage’s eleventh collection of poems heralds a return to his trademark contemporary lyricism.  The pieces in this multi-textured and moving volume are set against a backdrop of economic recession and social division, where mass media, the mass market and globalisation have made alienation a commonplace experience and where the solitary imagination drifts and conjures.

The Unaccompanied documents a world on the brink, a world of unreliable seasons and unstable coordinates, where Odysseus stalks the aisles of cut-price supermarkets in search of direction, where the star of Bethlehem rises over industrial Yorkshire, and where alarm bells for ailing communities go unheeded or unheard.  Looking for certainty the mind gravitates to recollections of upbringing and family, only to encounter more unrecoverable worlds, shaped as ever through Armitage’s gifts for clarity and detail as well as his characteristic dead-pan wit.

Insightful, relevant and empathetic, these poems confirm The Unaccompanied as a bold new statement of intent by one of our most respected and recognised living poets.

Peer & Press Reviews

Armitage is that rare beast: a poet whose work is ambitious, accomplished and complex as well as popular.

Sunday Telegraph

A writer who has had a game-changing influence on his contemporaries.


The best poet of his generation.

Craig Raine, Observer

The most popular English poet since Larkin.

Sunday Times

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Title: The Unaccompanied
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Printed by: Martins the Printers, Berwick-upon-Tweed
ISBN 13: 9780571333844
ISBN 10: 0571333842
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 74
Size (h x w x d): 224 x 145 x 14mm
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Jacket design: Faber
Jacket image: Redemption by Jeremy Guy Geddes

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