My Darling from the Lions

My Darling from the Lions

Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Paperback Published on: 06/08/2020
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My Darling from the Lions
A Brilliant Debut Collection
This is a brilliant collection of poems. So accomplished that it seems impossible that this is actually a debut collection. Long is such a sharp writer. ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2021

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2020

Shortlisted for the The Forward Prize Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection 2020

Rachel Long's much-anticipated debut collection of poems, My Darling from the Lions, announces the arrival of a thrilling new presence in poetry.

Each poem has a vivid story to tell - of family quirks, the perils of dating, the grip of religion or sexual awakening - stories that are, by turn, emotionally insightful, politically conscious, wise, funny and outrageous.

Long reveals herself as a razor-sharp and original voice on the issues of sexual politics and cultural inheritance that polarize our current moment. But it's her refreshing commitment to the power of the individual poem that will leave the reader turning each page in eager anticipation: here is an immediate,wide-awake poetry that entertains royally, without sacrificing a note of its urgency or remarkable skill.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529045161
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Weight: 156g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 154 x 9 mm

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My Darling from the Lions
A collection of stunning poetry, full of strength, covering themes from sexuality to religion, this just cries out of grit, reality , of female and power i... READ MORE
Tara Keating
My Darling from the Lions
An excellent set of poems, especially if you enjoy poetry
Reading this book I realised, finally, what I find hard about reading poetry. I need things spelled out to me and poetry relies a little too much on nuance... READ MORE
Kate Howlett