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• Liz Jones on Addlands by Tom Bullough. Liz Jones finds mesmerising this meditation on the natural world told through sophisticated family saga, arguing that it is richer in grandeur than grand gesture (subscribers only)

• Vicky MacKenzie on Ghosts by Anna Wigley. Vicky MacKenzie admires a lyric poet distinguished in her boldness and originality, a poet ‘worthy of the word’ who is committed to ‘sacrosanct precision’ (subscribers only)

• Vicky MacKenzie on Hometown by Carrie Etter, Çekoslovakyalilaştiramadiklarimizdanmisiniz or Long Words by Nia Davies and More Weight by Michael Conley by Carrie Etter, Nia Davies , Michael Conley. Vicky MacKenzie assesses three offbeat pamphlets of poetry and prose, including Conley’s poem on the topical theme of a ministry dedicated to whether or not ‘things have gone too far’ (subscribers only)

• Garry MacKenzie on In the Orchard: Poems with Birds by Anne Stevenson. Stevenson ascribes a new and figurative language to certain birds in this collection, concludes Garry MacKenzie (subscribers only)

• Liz Jones on Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock ’n’ Roll Underworld by Keiron Pim. Faithfull, Clapton and Lyn Ebenezer are among sources for this extensively researched and gripping biography (subscribers only)

• Michael Nott on Mametz by Aled Rhys Hughes. Loss, memory, remembrance and landscape resound in this photobook making tribute to the battle and In Parenthesis, David Jones’ lyrical recreation of it, according to Michael Nott, and yet it still manages to look forward (subscribers only)

• John Barnie on Old Soldier Sahib by Frank Richards. Drinking, whoring, gambling, racism and reading Balzac: John Barnie finds ‘extraordinary’ this memoir of a soldier’s life in the Raj (subscribers only)

• Fo Orbell on Scrambled by Huw Davies. Fo Orbell enjoys a fast-paced and funny coming of age story for nine to elevens about bullying and parental expectations starring Davidde with three ‘d’s (subscribers only)

• Dan Bradley on Slowly Burning by Nigel Jarrett. Despite demonstrating a good ear, vivid detail and humour, its timeworn news-hack subject and plot mars this debut novel, writes Dan Bradley (subscribers only)

• Linda Ruhemann on The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer . This dark yet humorous story of everyday alienation delivers at the levels of both crime and psychological thriller, writes Linda Ruhemann (subscribers only)

• Chris Moss on Under the Tump by Oliver Balch. Belonging is a deep and complex affair, Chris Moss reports from this journal of incomers and locals on the Radnor- Herefordshire border (subscribers only)

• Chris Moss on Wicked Game by Matt Johnson. Chris Moss rates very highly this Raglan-based self-publishing discovery, a former soldier and Met police inspector, a CWA Dagger nominee who has the ring of authenticity and has mastered the crime thriller genre (subscribers only)

Opinion: John Barnie Deep Time and the Poet

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