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  • Published: 15 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9780701184919
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $34.99

Pebble & I




An enquiring and elegiac new collection from veteran John Fuller

From the posing of the very first question in the opening poem, ‘Fragment of a Victorian Dialogue’, John Fuller’s enquiring and elegiac new collection arrives with a sharp sense of mortality, marked by the passing of time.

Pebble & I responds to its own philosophical enquiries by looking to a world of vivid colour and substance. From the sun-baked pebbles and plastic ice-cream spines that bedeck the ‘The Jetsam Garden’, to the swallows that nest under the eaves of a farmhouse in the Cilento Hills in ‘Stop’, the poems take us from inky, restless seascapes to the warmth of the Mediterranean as they examine the connections between man and ‘our material cousins’ in nature.

Seductive, yet sometimes playfully absurd, Fuller plumbs the depths with his trademark light touch and deft technical skill. The natural and social worlds can be as cruel as they are thrilling but ultimately the voices in this collection are here to celebrate ‘elements of the eternal / In the ceremony of life.’

  • Pub date: 15 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9780701184919
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller, born in Ashford, Kent, is an acclaimed poet and novelist. His collection Stones and Fires (1996) was awarded the Forward Prize; Ghosts (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Poetry; The Space of Joy (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and The Grey Among the Green (1988), Song & Dance (2008) and Pebble & I (2010) were all Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His 1983 novel Flying to Nowhere, a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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