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The Nearly No Has It!


Jings, as my dad might say, Jen Hadfield has won the TS Eliot! Andrew Motion describes her as “a remarkably original poet near the beginning of what is obviously going to be a distinguished career”, an assessment with which I wouldn’t quibble*. Nigh-No-Place is certainly an interesting, stimulating, rich book. The prize must be an enormous boost to Jen Hadfield, given the company of winners she now joins.

*Quibble is such a fine word, don’t you think? Only, it sets me in mind of that scene from Blackadder Goes Forth in which our eponymous antihero prentends to be mad in an attempt to escape the trenches. Wubble! as much of my generation is wont to exclaim randomly.

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