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  • Published: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786331007
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $27.99

Running Late


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A major volume for Hutchinson's most distinguished poet.

Dannie Abse's distinctiveness as a poet lies in his clarity. His distinction lies in his imaginative and feeling responses to a variety of different worlds - work as a doctor, the experience of life in Wales and North London, the mysterious nature of creativity, the Jewish and bardic traditions. This collection draws on all these strands and is divided between personal experience and more general reflections, often prompted by an urgent awareness of the passing of time, counterpointed with transcendent moments of joy in ordinary things.

  • Pub date: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786331007
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse was for many years a chest specialist in a London teaching hospital. A poet, reviewer and playwright, he has written and edited more than fifteen books of poetry, as well as books about medicine and also fiction. He is the author of Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve and several autobiographical volumes, including Goodbye, Twentieth Century, which was published in 2001 to critical acclaim. He died, at the age of 91, in September 2014.

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Praise for Running Late

“Abse's poems are filled with wonder. He remains one of our few great poets of married love”

Elaine Feinstein, The Times

“His best work in a long life of brilliant writing”

Maggie Gee, New Statesman

“This marvellous book of poetry”

William Oxley, London Magazine

“This is a poet writing at the height of his powers”

Tony Curtis, The Planet

“These poems are brilliant, savage, witty - the work of an old master”

Stoddart Martin, Jewish Chronicle


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