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A Scattering

Christopher Reid's volume of poems "opens with 'The Flowers of Crete' and a last holiday together, as he grapples with the fear of what lies ahead. Often, there's the sense that she is one step ahead of him, just out of reach. . ."

Christopher Reid and Lucinda Gane had been happily married for almost thirty years when she died of cancer in 2005.

As an act of devotion to his wife, "A Scattering perhaps proves the almost-truth of Larkin's almost-instinct at the end of An Arundel Tomb, that what will survive of us is love. How fitting, then, that this beautiful book should begin and end in benediction; it is surely no accident that the opening and closing words are 'blessing' and 'blessed'".

Christopher Reid has just been awarded the Costa Book of the Year for A Scattering.

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