Reviews

  • "[<b>An</b>]<b> equally page-turning second collection</b><i>… </i>McMillan is 30, but writes with the melancholy understatement for an older writer… McMillan’s pared-back style puts great weight on each word, often with <b>magnetic </b>results… McMillan wears his influences on his sleeve – Thom Gunn, Sharon Olds’s explicit <i>Odes</i>, a flicker of <i>Book of Matches</i>-era Simon Armitage – yet brings them together in a voice that is confident, captivating and distinctly his own… <b>Any fans of <i>physical</i> worrying how McMillan could top one of the most widely praised debuts of recent years should breathe a sigh of relief: <i>playtime</i> may be a quieter collection, but it’s a deeper, richer one too.</b>"

    Telegraph **Poetry Book of the Month**
  • "Andrew McMillan’s second collection, <i>playtime</i>, is <b>every bit as impressive as his first</b>, <i>physical</i>… He seems attuned to the world around him and he has a sly sense of humour at his command. He is <b>more than promising</b> now."

    Literary Review
  • "[In <i>playtime</i>] McMillan makes it clear that the poetics of <i>physical</i> wasn’t a one-off. As with all the best second outings, this collection firmly establishes his patent… [<b>a</b>]<b> fully realised, deeply humane collection</b>."

    Guardian
  • "McMillan scrutinises the violent idealism of masculinity in monologues that are <b>both tender and steely</b>…<i> </i><b>told with courage, invention and charm.</b>"

    Sunday Times, **Books of the Year**
  • "Andrew McMillan's award-winning debut collection, <i>physical</i>, a raw and tender exploration of gay love and desire, heralded him as <b>a new force in contemporary poetry</b>. This, his second book, only cements that reputation... <b>these poems are insightful, revealing, honest and brutally tender.</b>"

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