Book of Nonsense, Paperback Book
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Showcasing another quirky side of the author best known for his monumental fantasy trilogy, Gormenghast, this collection contains pieces recently discovered by the Peake family From the macabre to the brilliantly off-beat, Mervyn Peake's nonsense verse can, like marzipan, be enjoyed by young and old alike.

This collection of writings and drawings has been selected by his widow, Maeve Gilmore, and it introduces a bewitching gallery of characters and creatures rivalling the best of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear--creatures such as the Dwarf of Battersea and Footfruit.

Also included are never-before-seen illustrations to the poems not in previous editions.

This treasure trove will delight new and old fans alike with its deceptively goofy, actually quite complex verse--it's quirky and comical, occasionally alarming, but always magical.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780720613612

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Why, when I already have two editions of this book (not to mention Peake's <i>Complete Nonsense</i>) do I need a third? Because:<br/><br/>i) This has 12 previously unpublished Peake sketches on glossy paper;<br/>ii) I have Christmas and birthday book tokens nagging to be used;<br/>iii) I am cursed by the collecting bug.<br/><br/>Perhaps, only maybe and possibly perhaps, I might divest myself of one of the other editions when I have my next library rationalization.<br/><br/>In the meantime, I shall enjoy re-reading some of my favourite poems and will bask in the Technicolour glow of the illustration of Uncle Jake, who became a snake but never found it out and, as no one mentions it, one sees him still about.<br><br>(Review of the Centenary Edition, ISBN 0720613612)

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