The poet and the echo
Author: Leila Aboulela
Ten powerful and intimate tales inspired by classic poems.
The book includes Jenni Fagan taking inspiration from Anne Finch, Jessie Greengrass from Christopher Smart, Leila Aboulela from Rumi, David Almond from Robert Louis Stevenson and six other brilliant works.
From the majesty of the Scottish highlands to the lakeside gardens of an Italian palace, from a secondary school under inspection to a spa-break from care work, this array of lyrical stories convey us across ten fictional worlds, to ask the most intimate questions; how do we balance love and duty? How do we manage in the face of family secrets? When we change while others don’t? When loved ones are taken from us by old age, by mental illness and even by force?
Ranging across centuries and continents, these beautiful stories show the united wealth of our common humanity, a reminder that love and hope spring in the unlikeliest of places.
A collection of new stories and classic poetry from Horace, Rumi, Christopher Smart, Phillis Wheatley, Anne Finch, William Blake and WB Yeats amongst others.
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