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My Family and Other Birds by Rod Whitworth

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"This is a wonderful book. The work of a skilful but unshowy writer, it is imaginative, open, honest and shrewd, and many other things besides, like funny and angry and loving -- a chronicle in fully realised individual poems of lives and times.  It's a very big book too, far bigger than its size -- but not to worry, because it's so compellingly written that it's also that rare thing, a poetry page-turner.  Wonderful."
— ​Peter Sansom, poet and co-director of The Poetry Business.
​Rod Whitworth has the rare and enviable gift of writing poems which both enlighten and entertain: prepare to meet a kleptomaniac magpie and fellow avians; gorgeous hymns to trees, cycling and the power of jazz; intimate, loving recollections of his parents, other forebears and friends; and a delightful sequence of love-poems to his partner. Be cheered by these poems, in the knowledge that otherwise, as Whitworth wisely says, ’there can be too much silence.’ My Family and Other Birds spans the length of his life experience, but is as fresh and contemporary as any collection you will read this year.
— Matthew Paul.

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