If All the World and Love Were Young

If All the World and Love Were Young

Paperback (29 Aug 2019) | English

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Synopsis

Winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection
Winner of the E. M. Forster Award
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Shortlisted for the John Pollard Poetry Prize

A Sunday Times, New Statesman and Telegraph Book of the Year 2019

'Every poem in this book is a marvel. Taken all together they make up a work of almost miraculous depth and beauty' Sally Rooney

'A poetry debut fit to compare with Seamus Heaney. This wonderful long poem is up there with the greats' Sunday Times


When Stephen Sexton was young, video games were a way to slip through the looking glass; to be in two places at once; to be two people at once. In these poems about the death of his mother, this moving, otherworldly narrative takes us through the levels of Super Mario World, whose flowered landscapes bleed into our world, and ours, strange with loss, bleed into it. His remarkable debut is a daring exploration of memory, grief and the necessity of the unreal.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780141990026
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 70767
Number of pages: 115
Weight: 118g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 10mm