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ISBN 978-1-909585-30-0
 first published October 2019; 60 pp
paperback with endpapers; 198 x 129 mm

£8.99
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Born in South London in 1937, Paul Bailey won a scholarship to the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1953 and later worked as an actor. His novels include At the Jerusalem (1967; reissued 2019) and, most recently, Chapman’s Odyssey (2011) and The Prince’s Boy (2014). Peter Smart’s Confessions (1977) and Gabriel’s Lament (1986) were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His other work has included an ‘alternative biography’ of Fred Barnes, Naomi Jacob and Arthur Marshall (Three Queer Lives); books about Quentin Crisp and Cynthia Payne; two volumes of memoirs; and plays for radio and television.
 
Paul Bailey, Inheritance
 
Some people are sustained by sorrow.
I think I’m one of them.
That’s why I laugh so much.
That’s why I’m called a clown.
And that’s the deep dark reason why
I am accounted frivolous. 


In his first collection of poetry after a career as a novelist spanning five decades, Paul Bailey offers in Inheritance an intimate reckoning. The poems mine memories of childhood, illness and lost loves with unflinching honesty, a generous humour born of self-knowledge, and great depth of feeling.

 ‘Bailey has mastered the art of telling a large story through small but piquant details and knowing where the reader can be left to fill in the spaces.’
Guardian

‘Bailey writes exquisitely about everything he touches on.’ 
Sunday Times