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Better Houses
Better Houses

Better Houses


80 Pages, 8 x 5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $11.99 (US $11.99) (CA $15.99)

Publication Date: January 2018

ISBN 9781912109661

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

Parthian Books Ltd. (Jan 2018)
Parthian Books

Price: $11.99


She tramps with humor, love, and loss across the UK, even the globe, seeking a place to call home. Better Houses charts the move from childhood to adult life with wit and wonder. In a state of constant displacement, the poems flit from tents and gypsy caravans to boarding school, to lodgings and house sitting. The collection offers a half-remembered, half-invented life of pub crawl dates and doors slamming, as the narrators fall in and out of love and a life packing and unpacking boxes. These poems hunt fossils and comets, escape fires and great white sharks, consider life on other planets, and prophesize white witches. In Wild's playful, offbeat take on the mundane world, beds and language barriers are tested, areas are gentrified, lawns are mown, and heart rates checked.

Author Biography

Susie Wild is the author of the Edge Hill Prize long-listed story collection The Art of Contraception and the ebook novella Arrivals (Parthian 2010, 2011). She has performed her poetry in dives and dance halls since 2006 including Green Man, The Laugharne Weekend, The Dylan Weekend, Pili Pala, Dinefwr, Birmingham Literature Festival, Glastonbury, Hay Festival and Hay Poetry Jamboree. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University and an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths. Her poetry and fiction have been published in magazines, anthologies and even on cake including The Lonely Crowd, Wales Arts Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Lampeter Review, Rising and Poetry Digest. She was commissioned, in collaboration with artist Beth Greenhalgh, to create a new multi-media piece 'Sex Change Disco' performed at Made in Roath and Cardiff Contemporary 2016. Born in London, she lives in a house with windows in Cardiff, sharing it with a German prop maker and their Welsh cat.