New & Selected Potatoes
Published by Bloodaxe Books
'A greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation (with some new stuff) from 'Comedy's poet laureate.' (Independent).
Poet, comic, singer, songwriter and glasses-wearer, John Hegley has captivated and devastated audiences all over the country, in theatres and festivals, at gigs at the Edinburgh Festival, and with numerous appearances on radio and television. This new compilation shows the breadth of his appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and – of course – potatoes.
'Fabulously funny' – Time Out.
'Scandalously talented' – Sunday Times.
'John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils' – Observer.
'A mainstay of the alternative comedy scene… an incurable entertainer' – Guardian.
'Just because he is one of the funniest men alive, don't underestimate his dedicated gentleness' – Adrian Mitchell, New Statesman.
'Consistently plain-speaking yet metaphysical, mordant yet mellifluous, experimental yet traditional…he speaks many a true word in jest…one of our most entertaining and communicative poets' – Michael Horovitz, Telegraph.
'Funny, warm, bittersweet and surreal by turn; he is a genuine national treasure' – Seven Streets.
'We would like to moot the installation of John Hegley as Official National Treasure, pronto. His hangdog demeanour, poems and songs not only cover Englishness as a topic but contain a very English self-deprecation and undercutting punchlines. If you ever thought poets were boring, an hour in his company will prove you wrong' – Londonist.
'The Peter Kay of poetry… The more personal he is, the more poetic he becomes…lovely' – Mark Sanderson, Sunday Telegraph.