Wendy Cope

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Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent in 1945 and read History at St. Hilda's College, Oxford.  She trained as a teacher at Westminster College of Education, Oxford and taught in primary shools in London. She became Arts and Reviews editor for Contact, the Inner London Education Authority magazine, and continued to teach part-time before becoming a freelance writer in 1986. She was television critic for The Spectator magazine until 1990. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Winchester. In l998 she was the listeners' choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate. She received a Cholmondeley Award in1987 and was awarded the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse in 1995.

Children's

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TWIDDLING YOUR THUMBS

1988

Faber

THE RIVER GIRL

1991

Faber

THE ORCHARD BOOK OF FUNNY POEMS (Editor)

1993

Orchard

FUNNY BONES (contributor)

1998

Collins Educational

ANOTHER DAY ON YOUR FOOT AND I WOULD HAVE DIED (Contributor)

1996

Macmillan

IS THAT THE NEW MOON? (Selector)

2002

HarperCollins

POETRY COLLECTION BIG CAT SERIES - GOING FOR A DRIVE

2010

HarperCollins

Poems for Children

SILLY BONES (Contributor)

1998

Scholastic

OVER THE MOON: CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL POEMS (Contributor)

1996

Red Fox

Fiction

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THE FABER BOOK OF BEDTIME STORIES (Editor)

1999

Faber

Non-Fiction

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2014

Two Roads

Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose - recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope's lightness of touch.

Here readers can meet the Enid-Blyton-obsessed schoolgirl, the ambivalent daughter, the amused teacher, the sensitive journalist, the cynical romantic and the sardonic television critic, as well as touching on books and writers who have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.

Wendy Cope is a master of the one-liner as well as the couplet, the telling review as well as the sonnet, and Life, Love and the Archers gives us a wonderfully entertaining and unforgettable portrait of one of England's favourite writers.

A book for anyone who's ever fallen in love, tried to give up smoking, or consoled themselves that they'll never be quite as old as Mick Jagger.

Poetry

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2017

Faber

In her first collection of new poetry since 2011’s acclaimed Family Values, Wendy Cope celebrates ‘the half-forgotten stories of our lives’ with compassion, wisdom and wit. Cope continues to be the most generous of authors, sharing her experience of childhood and marriage and writing poignantly about the passing of time. In several of the poems she reimagines Shakespeare in unorthodox fashion; in others she offers heartfelt tributes to friends and to public figures including Eric Morecambe and John Cage.

FAMILY VALUES

2011

Faber

From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion.

THE EPIC POISE: A CELEBRATION OF TED HUGHES (Contributor)

1999

Faber

EVERGREEN VERSE (Contributor)

1997

Dent

FOR ALL OCCASIONS (Contributor)

1997

Methuen

A DRAFT OF XXX CANTOS (Contributor)

1997

Faber

DEAR FUTURE: A TIME CAPSULE OF POEMS (Contributor)

1997

Faber

ACROSS THE CITY (Limited Edition)

1980

Priapus Press

TWO CURES FOR LOVE Selected Poems 1979-2006

2008

Faber

POEM FROM A COLOUR CHART OF HOUSE PAINTS (Limited Edition)

1986

Priapus Press

MAKING COCOA FOR KINGSLEY AMIS

1986

Faber

DOES SHE LIKE WORD GAMES

1988

Anvil Press Poetry

SERIOUS CONCERNS

1992

Faber

MEN AND THEIR BORING ARGUMENTS

1988

Wykeham

IF I DON'T KNOW

2001

Faber

Shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award

THE FABER BOOK OF DRINK, DRINKERS AND DRINKING (Contributor)

1993

Faber

GEORGE HERBERT: VERSE AND PROSE (Selector & Introduction)

2003

SPCK

THE SQUIRREL AND THE CROW

1994

Prospero Poets

HEAVEN ON EARTH: 101 HAPPY POEMS (Editor)

2001

Faber

CASTING A SPELL (Contributor)

1996

Faber

BIG ORCHARD BOOK OF FUNNY POEMS (Editor)

2000

Orchard

MARIGOLDS GROW WILD ON PATFORMS: An Anthology of Railway Poetry (Contributor)

1996

Ward Lock