Author: Rachael Allen
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Staff Picks: "Reviving the ancient name for Cornwall, in her first collection Allen takes a stand for independence that refuses marginalisation. As Helen Charman writes in her review, Allen's landscape "ringed as it is by the sea and by encroaching dampness, articulates a fury that rallies against official gatekeeping and interpretation." Attending to unseen women's work, to grief, and to the painful realities of being a body, the poems are fierce of utterance, refusing sentimentality in favour of a rigorous honesty."