The dazzling fourth collection from one of poetry's finest young talents.
Jake Polley was born in Carlisle in 1975. He is the author of three poetry collections, all published by Picador, and a novel, Talk of the Town.
A firework of a book; inventive, exciting and outstanding in its imaginative range and depth of feeling. -- T. S. Eliot Prize judging panel
It's a sort of autobiography, set in a place called Lamanby, but it's really like Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast, where everything is strange. His mastery of phrase and rhythm and the control of line, combined with the hurts of childhood and his glee in inventive language, have taken his writing to a new level. -- Ruth Padel, T. S. Eliot Prize judge