• "The unmistakable work of a master"

    Bernard O’Donoghue, Times Literary Supplement
  • "A tour de force of liminal expression... Burnside is not a wispily ethereal poet. A stretch of country crossed during the hunt is captured in oils, not in thin watercolours...poignantly luminous...[an] engrossing collection"

    M. Wynn Thomas, Guardian
  • "Black Cat Bone is a deserving winner of this year's Forward Prize for best collection. John Burnside's twelfth volume adds to and deepens a body of poetry that is already exceptionally significant - and utterly recognisable. A musician and chromaticist, he's a poet whose rapt, floating verse conjures up effects of great beauty in both the ear and the imagination"

    Fiona Sampson, Independent
  • "A haunting book of great beauty, powered by love, childhood memory, human longing and loneliness. In an exceptional year, it is an outstanding book, one which the judges felt grew with every reading"

    Gillian Clarke, chair of the T.S. Eliot Prize
  • "One of the most gifted poets writing today"

    Paul Batchelor, Times Literary Supplement