The Hero and the Girl Next Door

Carcanet Press, 1995

Winner of an Eric Gregory Award

The virtuosity and high spirits of Sophie Hannah’s poems are unusual at any time of day. She handles rhymed metrical forms with wily insouciance and passes the memorability test with flying colours. A surrealising impulse unsettles even the most tidy of ther stanzas with a shrewd imaginative wantonness.

‘Sophie Hannah is a real star.’ P J Kavanagh, Daily Telegraph

‘Shall I put it in capitals? SOPHIE HANNAH IS A GENIUS.’ Poetry Review

‘The brightest young female poet of the decade’ Independent

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Some Poems from The Hero and the Girl Next Door