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Recovery Songs

Dear hearts.

I’ve got just 10 copies left now of pre publication copies of ‘Recovery Songs’ left. The book is not officially published until the 17th October.

If you’d like to buy a copy, they cost £11.49 (including first class postage) and you can get it here.


Here are some information about the book and some reviews:

Ralph Dartford’s ‘Recovery Songs’ is a cycle of narrative poems that focuses on the fall and rise of the human condition. These are stories of love, abandonment, abuse, addiction, loss, and by the end, a redemption earned. Unflinching and funny at times, this collection takes its reader through a life lived in the margins, and asks: how do we recover when everything appears lost?

“Searingly honest, Dartford takes you with him into some of the darkest corners of humanity and inhumanity … he leaves everything on the page.” Nick Ahad

“Dartford’s power comes from his unflinching, forensic attention to the big things that can destroy a life, and to the small details that can save one. There is wit here, but also a serious meditation on the courage it takes to survive childhood and become an (almost) fully-functioning adult.” Stephen May

“A beautiful and heart-breaking collection. Dartford pulls no punches on his painful personal journey of a life forsaken, reconstructed and renewed. It reveals as much about the fractures in our society as it does his own life. Read it and read it again (when you’re feeling strong enough).” Christopher Ian Smith

“Brilliant. Brutal, honest, beautiful and warm. This is poetry that takes hold of your heart and refuses to let go.” Pete Mckee

“Leads you through the vagaries and despair of addiction – but gently and delicately; allowing us to stop at every ladderstep of the descent to take full stock of the depths below. This is as full of love as it is full of warning.” Sadie Davidson

“A brilliant, brave, humorous and bold collection that asks not what if, but what now?” Toria Garbutt

Thank you,

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
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Alan Pascoe

Ralph -

It offers a compelling scenario. Discourage reviewers who use cliches. Reviewers don't know anything about writing.
Unless it's Sarah Churchwell or Jeanette Winterson who possess two of the most brilliant literary minds in Europe.

Are you planing readings?

Very good wishes for RECOVERY SONGS.
Tue, 3 Sep 2019 03:18 pm
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