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The Irish Number 1 bestseller. A new collection from one of Ireland's best, and best-loved, poets.

WINNER OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IRISH BOOK AWARD 2014

Paul Durcan never imagined he would be clasped by a woman again, but life is full of surprises! After all, would it surprise you to learn that at the US Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin his libido almost destroyed the Peace Process? There is a new Pope, too, a ‘man of constant surprise’, although in St Peter’s Square Durcan encounters a monk wholly lacking in the Holy Spirit.

Elsewhere he muses upon the ‘pre-crucifixion scenario’ of being prepared for surgery, the gift of a malacca cane, the joy of retail therapy, the horror that is wheel-clamping, the ‘starry mystique’ of the weather forecaster Jean Byrne, suicide, bird-watching, stammering, art, Mayo, New York City, New Zealand, murder in Syria and the commemoration of 1916. Perhaps the greatest surprise is the voice of the late Seamus Heaney coming down his chimney: ‘Are you all right down there, Poet Durcan?’ The Days of Surprise is proof that the great poet of contemporary Ireland is in fine fettle.

Reviews

In The Days of Surprise the reader is continually, refreshingly, entertainingly, disturbingly surprised and, more importantly, nourished

Niall MacMonagle, Irish Independent

A new Durcan poetry book is always a joy. This one is no exception

Mayo News

Scrupulously paced poems of the life, times and beliefs of this emotionally intense yet intellectually rewarding writer are inscribed touchstones

Hayden Murphy, Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781846559716

    April 15, 2015

    Harvill Secker

    176 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781473521681

    March 12, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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Also by Paul Durcan

Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have my Being
Life is a Dream
The Laughter of Mothers
The Art Of Life
O Westport In The Light Of Asia Minor
The Berlin Wall Cafe
Snail In My Prime
Christmas Day
Cries Of An Irish Caveman
Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil

Recommendations

yesterday i was the moon
Fish In A Tree
Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
The Ode Less Travelled
Millefiori
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Unreconciled
The Abandoned Settlements
The Bone Flowers
A Sackful of Limericks
Odes
Selected Poems
Blue Laws
Of Love and Desire
Talking Dead
Made In Detroit
Deep Lane
Elegy For A Broken Machine
Human Work