"This a beautiful book. I have the advantage of possessing the hardback edition, now out of print. However, the paperback also sports that gorgeous painting of the sea front at Aldeburgh, the casual fellow with his bike, the sun on the water. It is a big book too: it runs to 400 pages of poems drawn from nine previously published collections, with a final section of nearly fifty uncollected pieces. So what you've got here is a lifetime of poetry. It is Herbert Lomas's whole self.... Look at the risks here and marvel at this elderly poet's method, his music, his mayhem. He is never boring. He is modestly magnificent. And you can live with him at your bedside for years."
Helena Nelson, Ambit
"There is something strangely moving as it travels serenely from collection to collection, poem to poem."
Herbert Lomas was born in the Pennines, served with the infantry 1943-46, including two years on the North West Frontier of India, and graduated with first-class honours and an MA from Liverpool University. His Letters in the Dark was an Observer Book of the Year and his Contemporary Finnish Poetry won the Poetry Society’s 1991 biennial translation award. He is a member of the Finnish Academy, and he was made Knight First Class, Order of the White Rose of Finland "for his services to Finnish Literature". He lives in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.