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My favourite books 27: The Works of Tennyson and Lynne Truss

The Complete Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson

Macmillan & Co, 1895

Salvaged from my aunts’ house when the contents were being broken up.  900 pages of 9pt type in double columns – beautifully set, and almost impossible to read.  Tennyson isn’t the god he used to be, what with Maud refusing to come into the garden, the Light Brigade inviting dismay instead of admiration.  But this is a good book to own (you never know when you might need it), and I’d be happy to have Crossing The Bar read out at the final knockings.

Lynne Truss is a sportswriter, radio dramatist, grammarian and more; her best novel is Tennyson’s Gift, a romp (no better word) around Freshwater on the Isle of Wight with Tennyson, mad photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, Eeyore-ish painter GF Watts, ingénue actress Ellen Terry and the neurotic Charles Dodgson.  A great single-sitting holiday read.

Published Hamish Hamilton 1996; this edition Penguin 1997.

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