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The English Summer by Holly Hopkins
PBS Summer Special Commendation 2022

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Published 24th June 2022. Available for Pre-Order.

A Poetry Book Society Special Commendation

Seaweed and sunburn. The death of a fridge. A 'pie-faced' St George upstaged by the horse.

The English Summer confronts the illusions and paradoxes of history in poems that reimagine medieval anchorites and 18th-century follies, zombies and the Megabus. This is a landscape populated by overcrowded urban bedsits and burnt-out country piles, where ghosts of the past are sensed beneath dual carriageways and old gods emerge from rotting bindweed. Visceral and analytic at turns, Hopkins' startling collection probes at the undergrowth of English culture; a white-hot debut by a poet of singular vision.

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