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.
COUNTY GUIDES 5: THE SUSSEX MURDER
Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England.
‘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’
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'
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'
'Sansom’s scholarship is prodigious; his enthusiasm inexhaustible. He can make one laugh out loud by his placing of a single word.'
THE TRUTH ABOUT BABIES
and beautiful book … Every new parent should
have a copy for their journey through that first
'Funny, brave, touching and true.' Julie Myerson.
‘It’s mellow, intelligent and very funny, a perfect antidote for melancholy.’
‘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
'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
THE MOBILE LIBRARY 2:
MR DIXON DISAPPEARS
second in what promises to be a must-read series.’
THE MOBILE LIBRARY 1:
THE CASE OF THE MISSING BOOKS
‘Israel is one of the most original and
amusing amateur sleuths around.’
THE ENTHUSIAST ALMANACK
compiled and brilliantly eccentric … hilarious
and .. intriguing.’
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.
A footnote added to The Interpretation
, (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'.