COMING SOON:


Ian Sansom's next book is September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem. It about a poet, about a poem, about a city, and about a world at a point of change. More than a work of literary criticism or literary biography, it is a record of why and how we create and respond to great poetry.


THE BOOKS


COUNTY GUIDES 5: THE SUSSEX MURDER
Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England.
‘Superbly entertaining’
The Times

DECEMBER STORIES
The mix of emotions — anticipation, frustration, heartfelt despair, joyful ecstasy and uncertainty — associated with the Christmas period is laid bare in Ian Sansom's latest collection of short stories. Click here to see and hear Ian Sansom reading 'It's All About the Wings'.


COUNTY GUIDES 4: ESSEX POISON
‘The magnificent Morley is very good company, and Sansom has a lovely way with a mind-bending puzzle … superbly entertaining’
The Times

COUNTY GUIDES 3: WESTMORLAND ALONE
'With each instalment, both Sansom and his books march ever higher up our list of annual favourites. Once more we implore you gentle reader not to get left behind' Bookmunch

COUNTY GUIDES 2: DEATH IN DEVON
‘Much recommended for a frolicsome read’ Country Life Magazine
COUNTY GUIDES 1: THE NORFOLK MYSTERY
‘A delightful, idiosyncratic mystery … Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now’ Daily Mail
‘A brilliant first outing that leaves you looking forward to the next maniacal mystery tour’ Evening Standard

PAPER: AN ELEGY
'a gently revelatory book'
The Guardian
'Sansom’s scholarship is prodigious; his enthusiasm inexhaustible. He can make one laugh out loud by his placing of a single word.'
The Times

THE TRUTH ABOUT BABIES
‘A true and beautiful book … Every new parent should have a copy for their journey through that first year.’
The Guardian.

'Funny, brave, touching and true.' Julie Myerson.

RING ROAD
‘It’s mellow, intelligent and very funny, a perfect antidote for melancholy.’
The Guardian
‘There is something fearless in the gaze Sansom turns on banality, and this novel is, in the end, a surprisingly gripping feat of coming to terms with what ordinary life is like.’
Times Literary Supplement

THE MOBILE LIBRARY 4:
THE BAD BOOK AFFAIR
'Cripplingly funny'
The Independent.
'I laughed more times than I can remember over a novel for years' The Observer

THE MOBILE LIBRARY 3:
THE DELEGATES' CHOICE
'Sansom has struck a rich comic seam ... a very enjoyable series'
The Observer

THE MOBILE LIBRARY 2:
MR DIXON DISAPPEARS
‘The second in what promises to be a must-read series.’
Sunday Telegraph

THE MOBILE LIBRARY 1:
THE CASE OF THE MISSING BOOKS

‘Israel is one of the most original and amusing amateur sleuths around.’
The Times

THE ENTHUSIAST ALMANACK
‘Meticulously compiled and brilliantly eccentric … hilarious and .. intriguing.’
The Times


THE ENTHUSIAST FIELD GUIDE TO POETRY
A fresh and vibrant collection of poems and poetic fragments, accompanied by enlightening commentary. The poems chosen include some all-time greats, but also some half-forgotten and hardly known poems.


NEWS & MISCELLANEOUS


READING

Ian Sansom reading 'It's All About the Wings', from December Stories.

Ian Sansom reading from Westmoreland Alone.


RADIO & PODCASTS
BBC Radio 3: in this series of the Essay Ian Sansom has imaginary correspondences with some of history's most celebrated artists. Listen or download here.

You can still listen to The Essay, 'On the Average' and 'Furniture - A Personal History of Movable Objects'.

Recently on BBC Radio 4 Ian Sansom presented The Five-Foot Shelf, a guide for readers by readers about the books which matter to them.

IN THE PAPERS
Visit Ian Sansom's page at The Guardian. Articles include, 'Devon sent: why writers can’t resist the county' and 'Can paper survive the digital age?'.



CONTACTS
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A footnote added to The Interpretation of Dreams, (Standard Edition, vol. iv, p. 270): ‘When Ernest Jones was giving a scientific lecture on the egoism of dreams before an American audience, a learned lady objected to this unscientific generalization, saying that the author of the present work could only judge the dreams of Austrians and had no business to speak of the dreams of Americans. So far as she was concerned, she was certain that all her dreams were strictly altruistic'.