I was asked to nominate the best 2012 book in my opinion for Bookmunch. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies had already been snapped by someone quicker than me so I had to think again. My choice – Ruth Padel’s The Mara Crossing – will probably become one of those books I don’t forget. I’ve written before about this gorgeous collection and you can read my thoughts here and here. In fact, I’m glad my first idea had been taken – I am a fiction reader through and through, at least when it comes to reading in English, and so to get such a strong connection with a book of poems was unexpected. But it was the accompanying essays that sealed my fate – Padel’s reflections on life and death and, most of all, migration, are exquisitely written and wrap the poems as lovingly as a perfect Christmas present.
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