Selected Poems by Sophie Hannah - A revised and updated second edition of the T.S. Eliot shortlisted author. Since publishing her first book, Sophie Hannah has been recognized as one of the most important poets writing in Britain. Chosen in 1999 by The Times as the 'New Writer to Watch' and by the Daily Telegraph as one of the 'Stars of the New Millenium', she has published five bestselling collections, and this is the only selection covering the breadth of her work. This revised edition now includes work from Hannah's most recent volume, Pessimism for Beginners, which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, as well as several new poems. "Hannah is among the best at comprehending in rhyming verse the indignity of having a body and the nobility of having a heart". (Guardian). "Shall I put it in captials? Sophie Hannah is a genius". (Poetry Review). "A wonderful Poet". (Observer). "Hannah's range is astonishn: most readers will come away having been changed or delighted". (Daily Telegraph). "A shrewd and accurate observer of the world around her, and her own life, she is often very funny". (Oldie). It is a revised and updated second edition of Sophie Hannah's poems.
As well as all the poems from the previous book, it includes a selection from Pessimism for Beginners, which was shortlisted for the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize, and nine new poems, previously unpublished. Sophie Hannah was born in Manchester in 1971, and now lives in West Yorkshire. She has published four collections of poetry and is a regular performer of her own work. In 1995 she won an Eric Gregory Award for her first poetry book, The Hero and the Girl Next Door, and in 1996 she won an Arts Council Award for her second collection, Hotels Like Houses. In June 2004, her fourth poetry book, First of the Last Chances, was chosen for the Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' promotion. Sophie also writes fiction and won first prize in the 2004 Daphne Du Maurier Festival short story competition. In May 2007, Sort of Books will publish her first collection of short stories. Her latest novel, Little Face, is published by Hodder & Stoughton.