Dannie Abse The Presence

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The Presence

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A distinguished poet’s moving memoir of his wife, who died in a car accident in 2005. It is both a record of present grief and a portrait of a marriage that lasted more than fifty years.
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Dannie Abse was for many years a chest specialist in a London teaching hospital. A poet, reviewer and playwright, he has written and edited more than sixteen books of poetry, as well as books about medicine and also fiction. He is the author of Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve and several autobiographical volumes, the most recent of which, Goodbye, Twentieth Century, was published by Pimlico in 2001 to critical acclaim. His most recent novel, The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds & Dr Glas, was published in 2002 and long-listed for the Booker Prize. In 2003 his New and Collected Poems received the Special Commendation of the Poetry Book Society, and Running Late received the Roland Mathais Prize in 2007 and his New Selected Poems:1949 - 2009 was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry in 2009.

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"A supremely fresh and vital performance, matching profound emotion with witty observation... This is a truly marvellous book" Independent "Abse's diary is a remarkable and tender document" Sunday Times "For all its painful honesty, [this is] a surprisingly joyful and compelling book... Imbued with all the best qualities of what it means to human and in love" Independent on Sunday "The Presence is a fragment of autobiography written from the most private part of a poet's heart, with a pen dipped in blood and tears. That it transcends this to become both elegiac and celebratory, to inhabit both the suffered present and the beloved past, places it almost beyond the scope of routine criticism." Daily Telegraph "Hauntingly poignant... One hopes that he comes before long to share the happiness this wise, funny, heart rending little book brings to its readers" Daily Telegraph

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