Book review: ‘All Points North’ by Simon Armitage

Humorous memoir from the future Poet Laureate.

‘All Points North’ by Simon Armitage

I first read All Points North when it came out in 1998. It’s entertaining, and good-humoured, and, as its title implies, northern.

Simon Armitage, who would go on to become Poet Laureate, mixes anecdote with memoir, both in the second person. There are also a couple of scripts-cum-TV-proposals. All entertaining stuff.

With hindsight, it was this book that first got me into reading the prose of poets. They have a precision I admire. And, on that precise note, why don’t I stop right there?

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