Book of the week: Roger McGough's Collected Poems

12th December 2003 at 00:00
Collected Poems
By Roger McGough
Viking pound;20

The first collection of Roger McGough's I read was Gig - long after its publication (1973) and quite a lot longer after the first enthusiasts of the Mersey sound applauded McGough along with his co-conspirators, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, around the university circuit.

Those of us who emerged from childhood into Thatcher's Britain were used to hearing about the glorious days of self-expression we had somehow failed to appreciate fully from our prams, when everyone was travelling about re-inventing poetry and being a pop singer. But art and humanitarianism were now out in the cold and, as far as I was concerned, they had taken poetry with them. I picked up Gig because its cover made it look like the sort of record I would like. It was.

Read the full reviewnbsp;in this week's TES

Also reviewed in this week's TES are a selection of magical tales for pre-teens...

The Spiderwick Chronicle:
The Field Guide
The Seeing Stone
Lucinda's Secret
By Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Cat and the Stinkwater War
By Kate Saunders
Illustrated by Adam Stower
Macmillan Children's Books

The Tail of Emily Windsnap
By Liz Kessler
Illustrated by Sarah Gibb
Orion Children's Books

Old Peter's Russian Tales
By Arthur Ransome
Illustrated by Faith Jaques
Jane Nissen Books


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