• It's a generous, likable, diligent and smart piece of work

    Andrew Motion, Guardian
  • Ruth Padel is Virgil in the 'Inferno' of poetry. She guides the reader gently and deftly on the journey... This is much more than a book about poetry, this is a handbook for living!

    Fiona Shaw
  • Brilliant... Padel draws on a huge range of references to make a powerful case for poetry as a living art form

  • As a writer you would probably choose Ruth Padel as your ideal reader. Her eye misses very little of the nudging and winking that goes on in a poem, and she seems able to tune into the silent music of text on the page...she finds more than most to engage with and enjoy

    Simon Armitage
  • An enlivening, illuminating book, lucid, accessible and probing

    The Times

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