Reviews

  • A poignant yet playful collection of verse, about endings and departures, it is sliced with clever, sharp humour

    Sonia Haria, Daily Telegraph
  • She turns her eye to the past, to nature, to fantasy, to current affairs, all with the calm eye of a writer who has nothing to prove

    Maria Crawford, Financial Times Books of the Year
  • This collection of poems is a reckoning with the past that comes from a place of wisdom and control . . . You can almost hear her speaking voice, see the twinkle in her eye . . . wonderfully observed

    Kate Kellaway, Observer
  • I finished this collection deeply impressed by Atwood's capacity for powerful, lyric description

    Rebecca Tamás, i
  • This whole collection stands as a mighty demonstration of how great poetry can embody and celebrate the sheer vibrancy and beauty of life, in the face of the most profound sorrow and terror. Read these poems aloud, read them carefully, read them with joy and tears; savour the raw power of their rhythms and assonances, and the sheer mastery with which Atwood, at the height of her powers, transforms anger and grief into glinting beauty and brilliance. And then ask yourself whether, if humanity survives, any future historian could ever find a richer, more courageous or more truthful account of what it was, and how it felt, to be alive in these times; and give yourself the answer - no, most truly, she could not

    Joyce McMillan, Scotsman

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