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  • Published: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141190853
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 126

The Mersey Sound


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'The Mersey Sound is an attempt to introduce contemporary poetry to the general reader by publishing representative work by each of three modern poets in a single volume, in each case the selection has been made to illustrate the poet's characteristics in style and form'. With this modest brief, The Mersey Sound was conceived and first published in 1967. An anthology which features Roger McGough's work, alongside that of Brian Patten and Adrian Henri (The Liverpool Poets), it went on to sell over half a million copies and to become the bestselling poetry anthology of all time.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141190853
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 126

About the Authors

Brian Patten

Brian Patten is one of the most accessible and popular poets working today. He is the author of the all-time cult classics Gargling With Jelly and Juggling With Gerbils. He is also the editor of the acclaimed The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry and The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse.

Roger McGough

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Roger McGough was born in Liverpool in 1937. He has written over 50 books for both. He has won the Signal Award for Poetry twice, and the Cholmondeley Award. He has also won a BAFTA for his film work and a Royal Television Society Award for his TV series. He was awarded the freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2001 and his OBE in 1997. He presents Poetry Please and guest hosts Home Truths on Radio 4.

Roger McGough was born in Liverpool and educated at St Mary's College and the University of Hull. He has been a writer for many years, and his numerous collections have established him as one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in contemporary poetry. Among his most popular titles are Summer with Monika, Blazing Fruit and Defying Gravity, all published by Penguin, and for children An Imaginary Menagerie, Pillow Talk and Bad, Bad Cats. He is an international ambassador for poetry and in 1997 was awarded an OBE, and in 2004 he was awarded a CBE. His most recent books include All the Best and Slapstick and for adults,  Collected Poems and Selected Poems.


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