Ruth Valentine’s tenth collection encompasses the tragedies of the public world civil wars in Syria and Sudan, knife crime in North London, the Iraq\Iran war and our private griefs. At the heart of the book is an extraordinary alphabetical sequence about the Grenfell Tower dead and the society that allowed them to die. Its a book about the morality of politics and the mortality of us all, a study in remembrance and forgetting, about the indifferent sea with its soft lullabies and cold temptations, time spreading its blankness over everything, and busy humanity with its suitcases and phones, its sudden weeping
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