talk to me about when we were perfect

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Pre-Order only – Publication date end of March 2023

Talk to me about when we were perfect is Amanda Huggins’ first full-length poetry collection. Her chapbook, The Collective Nouns for Birds, won a Saboteur Award in 2020.

Talk to me is a collection of snapshots, a life unfolding in flashbacks, imbued with a bittersweet yearning for the places to which we can never return and the people we have left behind.

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Pre-Order only – Publication date end of March 2023

Talk to me about when we were perfect is a collection of snapshots, a life unfolding in flashbacks, imbued with a bittersweet yearning for the places to which we can never return and the people we have left behind. These sharply observational poems traverse life’s external and internal landscapes in vivid detail, revisiting childhood memories, exploring the joys and regrets of teenage and adult love, contemplating the nature of grief and the vagaries of the human heart. They cast a questioning eye over past misunderstandings, roads not taken, and undeclared love.

Praise for talk to me about when we were perfect:

“This is a dazzling collection of poems full of light and compassion that stay with the reader long after the last page is read.” Leo Boix, author of Ballad of a Happy Immigrant

“Huggins has a particular gift for highlighting the special moments in everyday life. Even in poems of longing and sadness, there is a tenderness there that will make you smile. There is a delicate interweaving of both the sorrows and the beauty of life, which feels like a celebration of what is.” Bethany Rivers, author of Fountain of Creativity and the sea refuses no river

“It’s magical.” Ralph Dartford, author of Hidden Music

“The writers I love the most really capture how it feels to be human; Huggins is one of them. If you think poetry isn’t for you, try reading this collection. Read slowly; read aloud to feel the words. Huggins proves that she is a writer with great emotional understanding and the technique to express it; her work is deep, beautiful and truthful, free from pretension.” Hannah Retallick, author and prize-winning short story writer

“This poetry sparkles. I love the reflective quality which enabled me to re-experience the confusion or joy and spontaneity of youth. There are some absolute crackers including ‘out chasing boys’ which nails those heady days and ‘dizzy with it’ which captures the exuberance of the time. I highly recommend talk to me about when we were perfect. Treat yourself to a copy.” Gail Aldwin, author of The String Games and This Much Huxley Knows

Additional information

Weight200 g
Dimensions13 × 3 × 19 cm

The Author

Amanda Huggins is the author of the novellas All Our Squandered Beauty
and Crossing the Lines, as well as four collections of short stories and a poetry chapbook. Her fiction and travel writing have been widely published in national newspapers, magazines and journals, and three of her short stories have been broadcast on BBC radio. She has won numerous awards, including three Saboteur Awards for poetry and fiction, the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award, the H E Bates Short Story Prize and the British Guild of Travel Writers New Travel Writer of the Year Award. She was also a runner-up in the Costa Short Story Award and the Fish Short Story Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, The Alpine Fellowship Award and many others. Amanda lives in Yorkshire and is an editor and publishing assistant.

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