OverviewAbout Alan Brownjohn's last individual volume of poems, Ludbrooke and Others, Sean O'Brien wrote in the Sunday Times, "If you don't find yourself laughing at and with Ludbrooke, the chances are that you're a Puritan or dead or both." Brownjohn's new book is one of his most varied and resourceful to date, featuring not only characteristically funny and entertaining poems and mysterious, gripping narratives (the title poem) but also moving tributes and elegies, love poems, and some absorbing social observation. It will confirm his reputation as "one of the most reliably enjoyable of writers."
Reviews"Brownjohn addresses feelings of isolation, boredom, disappointment and frustration, in a manner that is so very intelligible, his words seem to transpose themselves to the experiences of the individual reader." —Lamya Sadiq, dura-dundee.org.uk
Author BiographyPoet Alan Brownjohn was born in London on 28 July 1931 and was educated at Merton College, Oxford. He worked as a schoolteacher between 1957 and 1965 and lectured at Battersea College of Education and South Bank Polytechnic until he left to become a full-time freelance writer in 1979. A regular broadcaster, reviewer and contributor to journals including the Times Literary Supplement, Encounter and the Sunday Times, Alan Brownjohn was poetry critic for the New Statesman and was Chairman of the Poetry Society between 1982 and 1988. He has also served on the Arts Council literature panel, was a Labour councillor and a candidate for Parliament. His first collection of poetry, The Railings, was published in 1961. Other poetry books include Collected Poems 1952-1983 and The Observation Car. He is also the author of three novels, The Way You Tell Them: A Yarn of the Nineties, The Long Shadows and A Funny Old Year, as well as two books for children and a critical study of the poet Philip Larkin. His novel Windows on the Moon was published in 2009. His latest poetry collection Ludbrooke & Others was published by Enitharmon in July 2010. Alan received the Writers' Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.