Dancing By The Light of The Moon

Dancing By The Light of The Moon

Over 250 poems to read, relish and recite


Delight in the wonder of poetry with 250 of the nation's favourite poems for every occasion, perfect fot young and old alike


'Gyles has discovered the secret of finding happiness through learning poetry by heart. It's wonderful and so much fun' Dame Judi Dench

For every moment in your life, there is a poem.

In Dancing by the Light of the Moon you will find a remarkable collection of the best-loved poems in the English-speaking world.

Whether you are nine, nineteen or ninety, Gyles Brandreth will be your guide to not only the wonders of poetry - and there are many - but also its practical uses in everyday life.

After all, a poem can: comfort, challenge, be a friend, stretch your vocabulary, help you sleep, break the ice, find you a lover, be utter nonsense, console, make you laugh - or cry.

For readers of poetry both young and old, this is a beautiful collection to return to again and again.

'To instil a love of literature, a copy of Dancing by the Light of the Moon ought to find its way into every home in the land' Daily Mail, Book of the Week

Poets include:

A. A. Milne · Maya Angelou
Benjamin Zephaniah · Monty Python
Carol Ann Duffy · Oscar Wild
Celia Johnson · Roald Dahl
D. H. Lawrence · Robert Browning
E. E. Cummings · Robert Burns
Edgar Allen Poe · Robert Louis Stevenson
Emily Dickinson · Simon Armitage
George the Poet · Spike Milligan
Hollie McNish · Sylvia Plath
John Cooper Clarke · T. S. Eliot
John Keats · Walt Whitman
John Milton · Wendy Cope
Kate Tempest · William Shakespeare
Leonard Cohen · William Wordsworth
Lewis Carroll

And many more . . .



  • To instil a love of literature, a copy of Dancing by the Light of the Moon ought to find its way into every home in the land
    Daily Mail, Book of the Week

About the author

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, veteran of Just A Minute, QI and The One Show, former MP and Government Whip, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and founder of the 'Poetry Together' project bringing schoolchildren and older people together to learn poetry by heart. His many books include the best-selling poetry anthology, Dancing by the Light of the Moon, and the international best-seller about spelling and punctuation, Have You Eaten Grandma? With Susie Dent, the lexicographer from Countdown, he co-hosts the award-winning podcast, Something Rhymes With Purple. With Dame Sheila Hancock he presents Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4. With Dame Maureen Lipman he is a regular on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Gyles is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown and has three children, seven grandchildren, and lives in London with his wife, his jumpers, and Nala, the neighbour's cat.
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