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BOOK OF THE WEEK: Armistice by Carol Ann Duffy

By Spalding Today Columnist

The staff at Bookmark in Spalding with their choice for this week:

The Armistice of 1918 brought ceasefire to the war on the Western Front, but 'the Great War' would not as hoped be 'the war to end all wars'.

In this affecting selection, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, guides us deep into the act and root of 'armistice': its stoppage or 'stand' of arms, its search for truce and ceasefire.

Armistice by Carol Ann Duffy. (5253510)
Armistice by Carol Ann Duffy. (5253510)

In 100 poems, our most cherished poets of the Great War speak alongside those from other conflicts and cultures, so that we hear some of the lesser-heard voices of war, including wives, families, those left behind.

These poems of war and peace memorialise the horror and the tragedy of conflict. At the same time, in armistice, they become a record of renewal and a testimony to hope.

Armistice by Carol Ann Duffy (RRP £12.99) is now available from Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding. There is £3 off with the voucher in this week's Spalding Guardian (on sale November 8-14).


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