Author:
Amanda Dalton (one of our writers)
Type:
Poetry
Published:
June 1999
Publisher:
Bloodaxe
ISBN-13:
9781852245009

About the publication

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection

How to Disappear shines a torch into the dark corners and finds a world inhabited by the missing and the dead, by monsters and wounded beasts, discarded dreams and the memories of strangers – a trawl through the apparently empty spaces and what might be found there.

At its heart is the narrative sequence Room of Leaves. It is 1959. Grace, at last, falls in love. Jilted at the altar, she sets up home in the garden of her mother’s bungalow and waits, for thirty years, in a world of birds and bright umbrellas, for Frank to return…

Reviews

Dalton looks in the face of despair and tells its story with unnerving calm.

Siân Hughes, TES