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A Suitable Love Object

Swift, Rebecca, Shamsie, Kamila, Ondaatje, Michael
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Valley Press
Published: October 2, 2020
ISBN: 9781912436446
80 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


A posthumous collection of poetry, ‘beautiful, wry, brimming with intelligence and love’ with a foreword by Michael Ondaatje and an introduction by Kamila Shamsie. Rebecca Swift, pioneering founder of The Literary Consultancy, believed every writer should have the opportunity for their voice to be heard, and their work to be developed. But, unbeknown to all except a few close friends, she had been working on her own poetry throughout her life, and was assembling a collection at the time of her tragically early death in 2017. A Suitable Love Object is that dream brought to fruition. Whether falling in (or out) of love, delighting in the intricacies of family politics or contemplating the bleak parameters of loss, Becky’s poems are brimming with intelligence and wonder; shards of light forever slicing through the darkness she unflinchingly explores. For those lucky enough to know her, this collection provides a few more precious moments in her profound, witty company and the chance to meet some other extraordinary characters, including lifelong friend Doris Lessing, remembered here in a stunning sestina. For those who didn’t, this is a rare opportunity to bear witness to a beautiful mind at work.

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