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  • A rollicking mixture of literary biography, commentary, travelogue and anecdotage, much of it deeply amusing.

    Claire Harman, Evening Standard
  • So much material of such innate interest is presented with just the right balance of panache, wit, insight and elegyA good, clever, kindly and enjoyable book it is, like eavesdropping on two smarter friends when they are sparking off each otherFarley and Roberts are always entertaining and illuminating, gentle guides and quixotic questers.

    Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
  • Deaths of the Poets is packed with anecdotes and macabre frisons; its forays through some of poetry’s more sensational edge-lands make for a compelling read.

    Nicholas Roe, Literary Review
  • A terrifically entertaining book: thoughtful, funny, informative, with an eye for good quotes and anecdotes, and wide-ranging in both the distance it travels and the material on which it draws.

    Blake Morrison, Guardian
  • Deaths of the Poets is a gripping, witty read, but also asks serious questions about the way the post-Romantic myth of the doomed poet skews the way we interpret their work.

    Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

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